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An Wang

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Physicist and business executive, born in Shanghai, E China. He studied at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, then emigrated to the USA (1945), where he studied applied physics at Harvard. A computer specialist, he invented the magnetic core memory, and founded Wang Laboratories in Boston, MA (1951), now one of the world's largest automation systems firms. He introduced a desktop computer named LOCI in 1956, the forerunner of Wang electronic desk calculators. A leading philanthropist in Boston, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1988.

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