The year Hamming left Los Alamos, the first electronic computer, ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator, a behemoth that filled an entire room with vacuum tubes and cables, was demonstrated at the University of Pennsylvania.
Hamming, 81, is the computer scientist and mathematician who developed the Hamming Codes, which allow computers to correct their own mistakes.
Hamming worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the first nuclear bombs, in 1945 and 1946.
Hamming Medal, accompanied by a $10,000 prize, was created in his honor by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1986.
Hamming joined the NPS faculty in 1976 as adjunct professor of computer science and continues "to educate admirals" at the Navy school to this day.