Cool to know that the IBM 701, the first commercially available scientific computer and the first massed produced mainframe in the 50s, was codeveloped by an American computing pioneer of Syrian-Lebanese origin, Jerrier Haddad. Jerrier goes by “Jerry”. Jerry’s father, Abd Al-Masih Haddad, was from Homs, Syria, and his mother, Rashida Shaker, was from Masser El-Chouf, Lebanon. He received the prestigious IEEE Computer Pioneer award in 1984 along with his colleague Nathaniel Rochester, who was was also the creator of the first assembly language. Jerry was also the co-developer of the IBM 604, the world’s first mass-produced programmable calculator. He held 19 patents in the computer space. Jerry passed away at the age of 94.
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