Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 23, 2003

Julian Bigelow

, 89, a mathematician and electrical engineer who was a pioneer in the fields of cybernetics and computing, died Monday in Princeton, N.J., where he lived.

In 1946, when John von Neumann set out to design and build a stored-program computer at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he contacted the mathematician Norbert Weiner for a recommendation for a chief engineer. Mr. Weiner suggested Mr. Bigelow, with whom he had collaborated during World War II on the creation of fire-control systems for weapons.

The resulting computer, which was known as the IAS and which was assembled beginning in June 1946, was one of a handful of computers such as ENIAC, EDVAC, Whirlwind, EDSAC and Univac I whose construction brought the dawn of the Information Age. The IAS machine's basic design became the template for modern computers.

Robert G. Stephens Jr.

, 89, a former U.S. congressman who also served in both chambers of the Georgia Legislature and helped prosecute Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg, died Thursday in Athens, Ga.

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