Howard Aiken, a Harvard University graduate student, proposes a large-scale digital calculator to Harvard's Physics Department faculty. Aiken needs such a machine to help solve a set of nonlinear equations.

November 3, 1937
Aiken requests an interview with IBM's James W. Bryce.

November 10, 1937
Aiken meets with Bryce.

December 1937
Aiken refines his proposal to IBM.

December 1937
Aiken begins an IBM training course in machine functions.

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