Moore School of Electrical Engineering

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Moore School of Electrical Engineering

The Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania came into existence as a result of an endowment from Alfred Fitler Moore on June 4, 1923. It was granted to Penn's School of Electrical Engineering, located in the Towne Building. The first dean of the Moore School was Harold Pender.

The Moore School is particularly famed as the birthplace of the computer industry:

Programmers operate the ENIAC's main control panel at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. "U.S. Army Photo" from the archives of the ARL Technical Library. Left: Betty Jean Jennings; right: Fran Bilas.

The Moore School has been integrated into Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science. It no longer exists as a separate entity; however, the three-story structure itself still stands and is known on campus as the Moore School Building. Originally constructed in 1921 as a two-story building by Erskin & Morris, it was renovated in 1926 by Paul Philippe Cret and a third story was added in 1940 by Alfred Bendiner.[1]

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