Photo: B&W photo of 1960s IBM computer and female professor

NORWICH RECORD | Winter 2022

Mathematics and computer science Prof. Jane Wehe Bonnette uses Norwich University’s first computer, an IBM 1620 Model I, in an undated photo from the 1960s. The machines, which cost upwards of $85,000, used paper tape (left) for input and output. Unlike a later punch-card version, the Model I couldn’t add or subtract, earning it the regrettable nickname CADET (Can’t Add, Doesn’t Even Try).

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