Howard H. Aiken

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Howard Hathaway Aiken was a pioneer in computing, being the primary engineer behind IBM's Harvard Mark I computer.


  • The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself.
    • "Proposed Automatic Calculating Machine" (1937)
  • Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
    • As quoted in Portraits in Silicon (1987) by Robert Slater
    • Variant: Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
      • As quoted in A Computer Science Reader : Selections from Abacus (1988) by Eric A. Weiss, p. 404

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