WEIZAC: An Israeli Pioneering Adventure in Electronic Computing (1945–1963)

  • Leo Corry
  • Raya Leviathan

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Leo Corry, Raya Leviathan
    Pages 1-4
  3. Leo Corry, Raya Leviathan
    Pages 83-94
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 95-105

About this book


The book tells the unique story of WEIZAC, an early computer built by a “new nation” in the early 1950s. It was created in Israel, even though the feasibility of this project was actually close to null when it was initially conceived, in 1946, and, unlike most of the early computer projects, was privately financed mainly by the Jewish world community. The book draws on a wealth of documents and historical insights to reveal the processes and powers that led to the successful completion of the project and, as well as its actual impact on scientific activities in Israel, and on the rise of a local computing community.

Based on archival data, the book shows how a synergy of personal dedication together with an organizational and national mission that links the Zionist vision with science and technology for the Jewish people helped to achieve a well-defined goal.
The book offers intriguing insights and refreshing perspectives to all readers interested in the Zionist movement or in the history of computing.


Leo Corry on WEIZAC Link Between Zionist Vision and Science and Technology Impact of WEIZAC on Scientific Activities in Israel Building an Electronic Brain in Rehovot Connection Between the Jewish Community and Wiezac WEIZAC and the Jewish Community WEIZAC as a Zionist Success Story Israeli and Electronic Computing in the Early 1950s The Effects of Israel`s First Digital Computer

Authors and affiliations

  • Leo Corry
    • 1
  • Raya Leviathan
    • 2
  1. 1.The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of HumanitiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of ScienceTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25733-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25734-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4564
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4572
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