Ralph J. Slutz

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Ralph J. Slutz
Born(1917-05-18)May 18, 1917
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
DiedNovember 16, 2005(2005-11-16) (aged 88)
Boulder, Colorado, USA
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (BS 1938 and MS 1939 both in Electrical Engineering)
Princeton University (Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics 1946)
Known forSEAC (computer)
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study
National Institute of Standards and Technology
University of Colorado at Boulder

Ralph J. Slutz ((1917-05-18)May 18, 1917 – (2005-11-16)November 16, 2005) was an American physicist, computer architect, and professor at Institute for Advanced Study, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and University of Colorado at Boulder. He received both BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1938 and 1939, respectively.[1][2][3] He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at Princeton in 1946.[1][4]

He is best known for his pioneering work as the chief architect in the design of SEAC (computer) [1][3][5][6], one of the earliest computers, with Samuel N. Alexander.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 IEEE (2005). "Contributors". IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine. 47 (6): 97–97. doi:10.1109/MAP.2005.1608744.
  2. "A Brief History of Cars on Fire at MIT". MIT Admissions. Danny B.D. '15. 5 April 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ralph J. Slutz". Engineering and Technology History Wiki. Engineering and Technology History Wiki. 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. "An early history of computing at Princeton". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Jon R. Edwards' 75. 4 April 2012.
  5. "Ralph Slutz". Computer Hope. Computer Hope. 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  6. Kirsch, Russell (8 October 1970). Mertz, Richard (ed.). "Computer Oral History Collection, 1969-1973, 1977" (PDF). Smithsonian Institution.

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