Computer operators tabulating the 1954 Census with a UNIVAC Computer, October 17, 1955.
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Computer Operators Tabulating the 1954 Census with a UNIVAC Computer. At the computer instrument panel are (front to back) Clydia Beeps, Maxine C. Warner, and the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Census, A. Ross Echler

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

After selling their company to Remington Rand in 1950, Eckert and Mauchley continued to work improve their UNIVAC computers, one of which, in 1952 became the first computer to predict the outcome of a presidential election, a landslide for Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mauchley, however, had to participate working from his home. Blacklisted as a communist sympathizer he had been banned from company property. In 1955, the US Census Bureau used a UNVAC for the first time, to tabulate the results of the 1954 Census of Business.

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