George Cogar

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George R. Cogar (born 1932) was the head of the UNIVAC 1004 electronic design team code named the "bumblebee project", and later the "barn project", and co-founder of Mohawk Data Sciences Corporation, a Herkimer, N. Y.-based multimillion-dollar business built largely on his invention of the Data Recorder magnetic tape encoder, which was introduced in 1965 and eliminated the need for keypunches and punched cards by direct encoding on tape.[1][2][3] He also founded the Cogar Corporation, where he invented the intelligent terminal—an early forerunner of the modern personal computer—which he called the Cogar C4 or Cogar 4. The Cogar 4 became the Singer 1500 after Singer Business Machines acquired Cogar Corporation. In 1976 International Computers Limited (ICL) acquired Singer Business Machines, changing the name of the computer to the ICL 1500.

Cogar was last seen September 2, 1983, when a private plane, a Britten-Norman Islander, went down somewhere in British Columbia, Canada.[4][5]

Foundations[edit]

Cogar and his wife Ann established the Cogar Foundation for the express purpose of awarding grants and scholarships to students of Herkimer County.[6]

Patents[edit]

3,166,715 Asynchronous Self Controlled Shift Register [1]
3,261,003 TAPE ERROR INDICATION APPARATUS [2]
3,510,680 ASYNCHRONOUS SHIFT REGISTER WITH DATA CONTROL GATING THEREFOR [3]
3,550,103 Reverse Write and Forward Verify Read of a Variable Length Data Record [4]
3,794,980 APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SEQUENTIAL EXECUTION OF INSTRUCTIONS AND NESTING OF SUBROUTINES IN A DATA PROCESSOR [5]
4,365,742 Heating System [6]
4,609,613 Permanent reproductions and formation method therefor [7]
3,410,312 Fluid Shift Flip-Flop 3,410,312

3,188,621 DISPLAY PANELS WITH SELECTABLE INDICATORS 3,188,621

3,239,809 Skew Correction Buffer [8]

3,426,415 Printed Circuit Assembly Apparatus [9]

3,283,255 Phase Modulation System For Reading Particular Information [10]

3,282,205 PRINT CONTROL MEANS FOR HIGH SPEED PRINTER WITH TRAVELING PRINT BAR [11]

3,310,660 ASYNCHRONOUS COUNTING DEVICES [12]

3,483,523 DATA RECORDING AND VERIFYING MACHINE [13]

3,807,614 BACKSPACE MECHANISM FOR A TAPE HANDLING APPARATUS FOR A DATA RECORDER [14]

3,193,697 SYNCHRONIZED SINGLE PULSER [15]

3,585,619 MAGNETIC TAPE READOUT SYSTEM WITH MEANS TO GENERATE ARTIFICIAL SIGNALS [16]

3,578,257 TAPE HANDLING APPARATUS FOR DATA RECORDER [17]

3,555,306 KEYBOARD SPROCKET CIRCUIT [18]

3,624,838 ADDRESS COUNTER STAGE CIRCUITRY [19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stacy V. Jones, "Data-Recorder Takes Short Cuts; Punch-Card Use Eliminated By Direct Coding on Tape Wide Variety of Ideas Covered By Patents Issued During Week", New York Times, December 13, 1969
  2. ^ Tabulating Machines bookrags.com
  3. ^ Patent 3483523
  4. ^ The Doe Network: Case File 1683DMBC
  5. ^ Ranter, Harro; Lujan, Fabian I. (2010). "ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander C-GIPF Smithers, BC". Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  6. ^ Scholarships Herkimer County Community College.

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