ISAAC L. AUERBACH

1921–1992

BY JORDAN J. BARUCH

ON DECEMBER 24, 1992, with the death of Isaac L. Auerbach, the world simultaneously lost a skilled, creative engineer; a special breed of philanthropist; an entrepreneur, consultant, and teacher; and an artist in the demanding world of color photography.

Isaac was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 9, 1921. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1943 and spent the war years from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Navy.

During his stay in the navy, he was introduced to his future in electronics working on the Mark V IFF system at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and to his future as a leader serving as a lieutenant (junior grade) aboard a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic.

After the war Isaac attended Harvard University, where he received an M.S. in applied physics. After graduation Isaac worked with the Eckert Mauchly Computer Corporation (later Sperry-Univac), where he was one of the designers of the BINAC and UNIVAC computers.

After Sperry, Isaac spent eight years at Burroughs, where he formed and directed the Defense, Space, and Special Products Division. Among his major accomplishments there, were the first real-time, transistor-based guidance computer system for the U.S. space program and a continuing series of



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