On this day in 1951 MESM formally recognized
On this day in 1951 MESM formally recognized
Sunday, 25 December 2011

Today's Official Google Blog has alerted us to the fact that it is just sixty years ago , on December 25, 1951 that the  Soviet Academy of Sciences in Ukraine finally granted formal recognition to Sergei Lebedev’s pioneering MESM project.

As early as 1947 Sergei Lebedev had set up a secret laboratory and set about building a small computer called MESM (МЭСМ, Малая Электронно-Счетная Машина)  Malaya Elektronno-Schetnaya Mashina or Small Electronic Calculating Machine. It was the earliest, fully operational electronic computer in the Soviet Union - and indeed continental Europe but getting it accepted was far from an easy process.

 

MESM

МЭСМ - Malaia Elektronnaia Schetnaia Mashina

 

The story is told in detail in I Programmer's history article, Sergei Lebedev and Early Russian computers and in this video Boris Malinovsky, who worked on MESM and is now a leading expert on Soviet-era computing, talks about  Lebedev and MESM:

    

 

If you don't speak Russian click the Caption button for subtitles.

Further Reading

Sergei Lebedev and Early Russian computers

 

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