Picturing our Past

Democratic Rep. Melvin Price (seated), who served Illinois from 1945-1988, visits the University’s computer center in November 1958. Some of the equipment in the center had been used to track orbits of the Russian Sputnik satellites. With Price are (from left) Edwin Roth, cartographer and astronomer; Robert Carty, technical supervisor; and Harvey Cohn, director of the computer center. The use of computers has increased exponentially over the years. The most recent example of this at the University is the Arc Technology Center at Olin Library, where students, faculty and staff can digitize and edit images, text, slides and videotape; prepare interactive tutorials and course modules; and develop multimedia with sound, video, animation, images and text.

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