In late 1937, Professor T. H. Brown, Professor of Business Statistics at Harvard University -- and a consulting member of the Faculty of the IBM Department of Education since 1928 -- discussed Harvard's need for a large-scale calculator with James W. Bryce of IBM. Bryce advised Brown of IBM's ability and willingness to build the machine, and Brown, in turn, recommended IBM to Howard H. Aiken, who had originated the concept at Harvard.
Acting on that and other recommendations, Aiken held a number of discussions with IBM's engineers in which he outlined the University's requirements. Bryce assigned construction of the machine to Clair D. Lake at the company's Endicott, N.Y., laboratory, and Lake called on two of his associates, Frank E. Hamilton and Benjamin M. Durfee, to assist in the project.
Shown in 1944 are (from left to right) Frank E. Hamilton, Clair D. Lake, Howard H. Aiken and Benjamin M. Durfee.
Here on the following pages is a close-up look at those IBMers: