Donald G. Aronson Papers,
1951-1954. Finding Aid.
Donald G. Aronson
Aronson, Donald G.
1 box (0.25
documentation from Don Aronson's career in computing in the early-to-mid 1950s,
including information on the computing programs at the University of
Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute.
Access and Use
The papers were donated by Donald G. Aronson in 2007.
Access to the collection is unrestricted.
The Charles Babbage Institute holds the copyright to all materials in
the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as
published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair
use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).
Donald G. Aronson Papers (CBI 189), Charles Babbage Institute,
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Donald G. Aronson was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on October 2,
1929. He received his BS in 1951, his MS in 1952, and his PhD in 1956. Prior to
joining the faculty of the University of Minnesota, Aronson was a research
assistant for Project Whirlwind at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
between 1950 and 1952 and a research assistant in the University of Illinois
Digital Computer Laboratory from 1956 to 1957. In September of 1957, Aronson
joined the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology Mathematics
Department as an instructor. Aronson retired as Emeritus Professor of
Mathematics in June 2002, but continued his affiliation with the university as
the Director of the Post-Doctoral Program at the Institute for Mathematics and
In the summer of 1954, Aronson was employed in London as a Scientific
Officer at the National Research Development Counsel to work with Christopher
Strachey and Donald Gilles. His assignment was to write a program to simulate
the proposed Ferranti Pegasus Computer on the Ferranti Mark 1 Computer at the
University of Manchester. The original program sheets for the successful
simulation are among these papers.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Donald G. Aronson Papers contain documentation from Don Aronson's
career in computing in the early-to-mid 1950s, including information on the
computing programs at the University of Manchester.
- This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog
of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about
related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these
- University of Manchester.
Box and Folder List
Developmental Materials, 1953-1954. Box 1, Folder 1
Simulation of 7PC on MUC, 1954. Box 1, Folder 2
Programmer's Handbook (2nd Edition) for the Manchester
Electric Computer Mark II, August 1952. Box 1, Folder 3
Manchester University Computer Inaugural Address,
July 1951. Box 1, Folder 4