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Computer, ca. 1960
Computer, ca. 1960

Astronomists, mathematicians and other researchers needed ever more complicated calculations for their work. The university employed some 20 people to make these calculations.

They were replaced in 1958 when the university bought the first computer, the ZEBRA, which stands for Very Simple Binary Computing Machine (Zeer Eenvoudig Binair Rekenapparaat). Compared to today's standards it had a very small memory, but back then it was known as the Groningen calculating wonder.

The current Computer Centre is very far removed from the old ZEBRA and 3D simulations are designed in the "Cave" ( Computer Assisted Virtual Environment).

The ZEBRA and other “ancient” machines were moved to the University Museum, allowing it to exhibit the complete, but still young history of electronic computing.

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