Before the B5000: Burroughs Computers, 1951-1963

  title={Before the B5000: Burroughs Computers, 1951-1963},
  author={George T. Gray and Ronald Q. Smith},
  journal={IEEE Ann. Hist. Comput.},
Like many companies entering the computer industry, Burroughs began by working on US government contracts. Once sufficient expertise had been gained, the company entered the general-purpose computer market. The Datatron computer, obtained through the ElectroData Corporation acquisition, was a modest success in the late 1950s; however, pioneering work on transistor computers for military contracts was not immediately transferred to the commercial marketplace. 

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