Computer Research Corporation (CRC)

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Founded on July 16, 1950 the Computer Research Corporation (CRC) was an early developer of minicomputers.[1]


The founding owners of CRC were Floyd Steele, Donald Eckdahl, Hrant (Harold) Sarkinssian, Richard Sprague, and Irving S. Reed.[2] With the exception of Reed, all members of the CRC had been on the design team for the MADDIDA, a special-purpose digital computer developed from 1946-49 for Northrop.[3] Realizing that a Problem-Oriented Language (POL) could be used to make a general-purpose computer function as a differential analyzer, the MADDIDA design team left Northrup in 1950 to focus on designing general-purpose computers, leading to them to found the CRC.[4] After developing the Cadac, an early minicomputer, the CRC was sold to National Cash Register (NCR) in February 1953, launching NCR into the digital computing business.[5]


  1. ^ Reilly 2003, p. 164.
  2. ^ Reilly 2003, p. 164.
  3. ^ Reilly 2003, p. 164.
  4. ^ Reilly 2003, p. 164.
  5. ^ Reilly 2003, p. 164.


  • Reilly, Edwin D. (2003). Milestones in Computer and Science History. Greenwood Publishing Group.