The Advent of the First General-Purpose Computer in Iceland

Its impact on science and engineering
  • Magnús Magnússon
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 174)


This paper first tells the rather unusual story of the acquisition of the first scientific computer by the University of Iceland. It then goes on to describe the efforts by the staff of the University Computing Centre to introduce key persons to the use of computers and to teach selected groups of people programming and assist them in using the computer. Finally, it lists several applications in widely different areas that ensued during the first six years of the computer’s operation.

Key words

IBM 1620 education applications record linkage 


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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Magnús Magnússon
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing CentreUniversity of IcelandIceland

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