I. Bernard Cohen

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

I. Bernard CohenName: I. Bernard Cohen

Born: March 1, 1914

Death: June 23, 2003 (Age: 89)

Computer-related contributions

  • Professor of the history of science at Harvard University and the author of numerous books on the history of science, computers and, in particular, Isaac Newton.
  • He spent several decades as a special consultant for history of computing with IBM.
  • First American to receive a Ph.D. in history of science.

Significant publications

  • Benjamin Franklin: His Contribution to the American Tradition (1955).
  • The Birth of a New Physics (1960).
  • Introduction to Newton's Principia (1971).
  • The Newtonian Revolution (1981).
  • "Florence Nightingale". Scientific American (1984).
  • Howard Aiken: Portrait of a Computer Pioneer (History of Computing) (1999).
  • The Triumph of Numbers: How Counting Shaped Modern Life (2005).

Honors and awards

  • Awarded the Sarton Medal by the History of Science Society (1974).