The Institute

Original Computer Hardware

Copy of Handwritten Letter - Vikram Sarabhai


(Letter seeking Kasturbhai Lalbhai's advice on Ford Foundation's championing of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and further discussions with Harvard)

20.8 x 27.6 cm
Vikram Sarabhai
MIT, Massachusetts
May 9, 1961
IIMA Archives

John R. Coleman, Ford Foundation, New Delhi, had written a letter dated April 29, 1961 stating that partnering with UCLA was a 'final' decision, after he realized that Vikram Sarabhai had reached out to Harvard. Sarabhai argued for the Institute's right to determine who its partner should be. Ultimately, IIMA partnered with HBS.

Original Computer Hardware

(Removable hard disk drive of IIMA's VAX-11/750 - superminicomputer)

38 cm (diameter), 11.5 cm (height)
1980s to 1990s
IIMA Archives

Removable 80 MB hard disk drive, with five platters, from IIMA's VAX-11/750 superminicomputer that was in use during the 1980s and early 1990s. This followed the PDP-11/70 16-bit minicomputer that IIMA had acquired in 1978.