Memories that Matter: Ballistics Research Laboratory

Former employees from ARL's predecessor, the Ballistics Research Laboratory, visited Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, June 7, 2017 to celebrate 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology.

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The Computer

The Ballistics Research Laboratory, a predecessor organization to ARL, invented and developed the first multipurpose, electronic, programmable computer in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Moore School of Engineering. The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator) was developed at the end of WWII originally to speed the calculation of artillery firing tables, but it became the progenitor of all the computers that we use today, from mainframes to laptops.