Earl R. Larson papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of a file of 32 pieces of correspondence, dating 1981 to 1985, relating to the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand trial and John V. Atanasoff's recognition as the inventor of the electronic digital computer. Newspaper clippings are attached to the correspondence. The file includes correspondence from historical researchers, awards committees, Atanasoff, and the patent counsel from Honeywell.
- Larson, Earl R. (Person)
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As judge of the Fourth Division of the United States District Court in Minnesota, Earl R. Larson presided over the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand trial (1971-1973) and ruled Sperry Rand's patent invalid partly because the patent was derived from the work of John V. Atanasoff.
For a more detailed description of the Honeywell vs. Sperry case, see the
Historynote in the finding aid for: Honeywell, Inc., Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand Litigation Records (CBI 1).
1 box (0.1 cubic feet)
Collection contains correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to the Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand trial and John V. Atanasoff's recognition as the inventor of the electronic digital computer. Includes correspondence from historical researchers, awards committees, Atanasoff, and the patent counsel from Honeywell.
The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by Earl R. Larson in 1986.
- Atanasoff, John V. (John Vincent)
- Computers -- Law and legislation Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Computers -- Patents -- United States. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Honeywell Inc.
- Sperry Rand (Corporation)
- Earl R. Larson Papers, 1981-1985. Finding Aid.
- Prepared by Bruce H. Bruemmer, March 1991.
- March 2004
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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