Dr. Harry Huskey was was born in the Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina and grew up in Idaho. He gained his Master’s and then his PhD in 1943 from the Ohio State University on Contributions to the Problem of Geocze. Harry Huskey taught mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania and then worked part-time on the early ENIAC computer in 1945.

Harry Huskey designed and managed the construction of the Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC) at the National Bureau of Standards in Los Angeles (1949 to 1953). He also designed the G15 computer for Bendix Aviation Corporation, which could perhaps be considered as the first “personal” computer in the world. He had one at his home that is now in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

SWAC computer