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David Alan Grier

Born: 1955 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biography: Grier is an associate dean at the Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University and an associate professor of science and technology policy.

  • ''When Computers Were Human'' - Award for the best computer book of the year from the Independent Book Publishers in 2006.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

David Alan Grier on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

When computers were human /
ISBN: 0691133824 OCLC: 861199767

"Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. When Computers Were Human represents the first in-depth account of this little-known, 200-year epoch in the history of science and technology." "Beginning with the story of his own grandmother, who was trained as a human computer, David Alan Grier provides an introduction to the wider world of women and men who did the hard computational labor of science." "When Computers Were Human is the sad but lyrical story of workers who gladly did the hard labor of research calculation in the hope that they might be part of the scientific community. In the end, they were rewarded by a new electronic machine that took the place and the name of those who were, once, the computers."--Jacket.

  When Computers Were Human.
ISBN: 1306046181 OCLC: 862374720

Princeton University Press, 2013.