Text Box: Back to HOME-PAGECornelius Weygandt III -- Eckert & Mauchley’s boss

 

Corny Weygandt wired the control room on the Conowingo Dam in the 1920s, and in  the late 20’s did the track electrification between 30th St. and Suburban Stations in Philadelphia.  In WWII, as a professor at Penn, he supervised the Army’s differential analyzer, calculating bomb trajectories on a giant mechanical computer.  He hired Eckert and Mauchley.  After the war he returned to full-time teaching, and ENIAC, the world’s first electronic computer, was built outside Corny’s office.

 

30 years later, Corny was the corporate Ombudsman adjacent to the Training Department at Stone & Webster Engineering.  With his spare time, Corny fiddled with the logic that I was working on regarding problems in passive perception and attention.  Corny created the formalization for what would eventually underlie the thrumming protocol. Then, discussing the human-computer interface problem of assigning database keys to video in real-time, Corny suggested a simple solution to the tool that would eventually house the protocol.  Ironically, the interface and the protocol didn’t merge into one device until 2004.

 

In creating this web-page, I ‘googled’ his name to see if his association to ENIAC had ever been noted.  I got his obituary.  He had only just died a few days before.  Not knowing he was still alive, I never told him the part he had played nearly twenty years before, creating a technology for people of the 21st century. Corny died, several Text Box: Back to HOME-PAGEdays short of 100 years old, on August 11, 2004.