Friden EC-132 - USA - 1964

"This machine has the four basic arithmetic functions: add, subtract, multiply and divide. Square-rooting was an optional feature; compared to the electromechanical calculators of the time this was a major improvement, besides speed, quiet operation and robustness. The Friden 132 calculator uses 'reversed polish notation': 2+(3/8) is keyed in as 2 3 8 / +. This principle, which obviates the use of parentheses, was later followed in the well-known pocket calculators of Hewlett-Packard. The results of the computation are shown on a small CRT screen. The machine is built from separate transistors, memory is implemented using a magnetostrictive delay line. The machine is a fine example of careful industrial design."

Source: Bob Lichty