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Harvard Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis

Howard Fisher, a Chicago architect, founded the Laboratory for Computer Graphics in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a grant obtained from the Ford Foundation in December 1965. Fisher had observed the computer maps produced by Edgar Horwood's group at University of Washington at a training session held at Northwestern University in 1963. Fisher thought he could produce a more flexible cartographic tool, so he set out to design a software package he called “SYMAP.” This prototype that Fisher built at Northwestern University served as the basis to obtain the grant from the Ford Foundation. Once the laboratory was established at Harvard, a more polished version was developed by a team of programmers. It was accompanied by training materials in the form ...

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