Thomas Haigh is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a visiting Comenius Professor for the History of Computing at Siegen University. He writes the historical reflections column for Communications of the ACM, and from 2005 to 2014 was chair of SIGCIS, the group for historians of information technology.
His publications cover a broad range of topics, from the business history of the World Wide Web, to the gendered labor history of data processing and the intellectual history of computer science. He is the primary author of ENIAC in Action (MIT, 2016), editor of Histories of Computing (Harvard, 2011) and the lead editor of the Histories of the Internet special edition of Information & Culture (2015).Haigh is a Fulbright Award winner and in 2017 received the Wilkins and Scranton prizes from the Business History Conference.
1. Introduction.- 2. Inventing an Analog Past and a Digital Future in Computing.- 3. Forgotten Machines: The Need for a New Master Narrative.- 4. Calvin Mooers, Zatocoding, and Early Research on Information Re-trieval.- 5. Switching the engineer's mind set to Boolean. Applying Shannon's algebra to control circuits and digital computing (1938-1958).- 6. The ENIAC Display: Insignia of a Digital Praxeology.- 7. The Evolution of Digital Computing Practice on the Cambridge University EDSAC, 1949-1951.- 8. The Media of Programming.- 9. Foregrounding the Background: Business, Economics, Labor, and Government Policy as Shaping Forces in Early Digital Computing His-tory.- 10. The Man with a Micro-calculator: Digital Modernity and Late Soviet Computing Practices.