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The book is generating a pleasing amount of interest, with the result that we have been invited to speak at several events in addition to the usual presentation of academic work at conferences.

Launch Events

15 Feb 2016, University of Pennsylvania. ENIAC 70th Anniversary Event, Engineering School. Includes book signing, screening of “The Computers” documentary, talk by Thomas Haigh “Working on ENIAC: Rethinking the Myths of Innovation,” and by Mark Priestley “A History of ENIAC in Three Programs.”

February 16, 2016, University of Pennsylvania. History Department Lounge, College Hall. 12:00-1:30, brown bag with the authors on “The Many Histories of ENIAC.”

February 18, 2016, University of Maryland College Park. “Working on ENIAC: The Lost Labors of the Information Age” with Thomas Haigh & Mark Priestley. Sponsored by Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Computer Science. Human-Computer Interaction Lab (2105 Hornbake, South Wing), 12:30-1:30. Details online.

February 23, 2016. University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Greene Hall. 2:45-4:45. Talk by Thomas Haigh and book signing, with light refreshments. RSVP if possible here.

April 6 & 7, 2016. Lecture and other events, with Thomas Haigh, details TBA, at Weber State University, Utah.

May 11, 2016. “The History of ENIAC in Three Programs,” with Mark Priestley. Computer Conservation Society, London. UK. Details online.

Pre Launch Talks

“Working on ENIAC: The Lost Labors of the Information Age,” Directions in Digital Humanities Series, Digital Humanities Laboratory, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, October 2015.

“The Secret History of Computer Operations, From ENIAC to The Cloud,” Data Center World Conference, Las Vegas, April 2015.

“Rethinking the Stored Program Concept,” 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, UK, July 2013.


The Authors

HaighHeadshot Thomas Haigh is an associate professor of information studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His research interests include the history of computing, especially from the viewpoints of labor history, history of technology, and business history. Haigh has a PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. See more at Contact him at
Priestley photo for annals2014 Mark Priestley is an independent researcher into the history and philosophy of computing, with a special interest in the development of programming. He started his career as a programmer and was for many years a lecturer in software engineering at the University of Westminster before turning to the history of computing. Priestley has a PhD in science and technology studies from University College London. His most recent book, A Science of Operations: Machines, Logic, and the Invention of Programming (Springer, 2011), explores the coevolution of programming methods and machine architecture. More information is available at Contact him at
SONY DSC Crispin Rope has been interested in ENIAC since reading Douglas Hartree’s pamphlet on the machine from 1947 and has pursued an a vocational interest in its history for more than a decade. His earlier work on this topic has been published in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and Resurrection: The Bulletin of the Computer Conservation Society. Contact him at