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Harold Pender (1879–1959) was an American academic, author, and inventor. He was the first Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering, a position he held from the founding of the School in 1923 until his retirement in 1949. During his tenure the Moore School built the ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer, and began construction on its successor machine, the EDVAC. Pender also proposed the Moore School Lectures, the first course in computers, which the Moore School offered by invitation in Summer 1946.
The Harold Pender Award is named after him.
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