Programmable calculator, Canola 1614P

Made by Canon Inc in Japan, c.1978.

The 1970s saw a proliferation of programmable calculators. The majority of market leaders in electronic calculators had high-end programmable models. Casio, Olivetti, Texas Instruments, and Diehl, as well as Canon, were all marketing sophisticated desk-top calculators. It was an important period in modern mathematics and computing. With the development of affordable programmable calculators, complex formulas could be executed at a desk-top level, and therefore by people outside of university mat...


Programmable calculator, Canola 1614P with cover, plastic / metal / electronic components, made by Canon, Japan, c. 1978

The unit features a numeric keypad and thirty-one function keys, as well as the power switch and three program toggles and a dial. The sixteen-character digital display sits above the keyboards and controls.

On the top right of the unit is the input for the punch cards that enable pre-programmed formulas.

The rear of the unit features the power supply chord.


161 mm
380 mm
470 mm


The Canola 1614P programmable calculator was designed and manufactured by Canon, Japan, in the mid 1970s. The Canon Canola 1614P is part of a line of Canon's third-generation electronic calculators, that began with the Canon 141, in the early 1970s, and was then followed by the Canon 162, Canon 162P, Canon 163, Canon 167, Canon 167P, and then the most advanced model, the Canon 1614P.
Canon Inc c.1978


This programmable calculator was issued to Heathcote High School, in Sydney's western suburbs by the New South Wales Government. It was used by the school's maths department to instruct senior mathematics students. The calculator was kept in storage after it was superseded, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 2010.
Heathcote High School 1978-2010


Gift of Heathcote High School, 2010
31 May, 2011

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