Wallace John Eckert

Wallace John Eckert (June 19, 1902 – August 24, 1971) was an American astronomer, who directed the Thomas J. Watson Astronomical Computing Bureau at Columbia University which evolved into the research division of IBM.

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Wallace John Eckert - Watson Laboratory
... After the war Eckert moved back to Columbia ... IBM would instead focus their funding on Columbia, and Eckert's laboratory was named Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory ... Eckert understood the significance of his laboratory, keenly aware of the advantage of scientific calculations performed without human interventions for long stretches of computation ...