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Who created the first electronic computer

Nowadays we cannot imagine a life without computer and Internet, but how many of us ask themselves about its inventor?
There are many candidates for the first place,but the truth is that the invention was not made overnight. The computer as we know it and make use of it is result of many people`s efforts and much work.
However nowadays the historians agree that there are two people who deserve the fame more than anyone else:
- professor John Atanasoff and his graduate student Clifford Berry.
Professor John Atanassoff was the son of the Bulgarian immigrant Ivan Atanasov who later changed his name to John Atanasoff.
He created the first electronic computer and first invented the name "analog computer".
The computer was patented in 1946 by Eckert and Mauchly, but in 1973 patent infringement case concluded that the patent was derivative of the invention of John Atanasoff.
For the reasons mentioned above historians today agree that John Atanasoff is the father of the first electronic computer.


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j2401 wrote on January 14, 2015, 6:39 AM

I certainly couldn't imagine life without a computer now

luisga814 wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:42 AM

I remember i once first used the computer when i was 16 years old but now i am already 37. I wonder what i am now, if there is no computer.

Romeo wrote on January 14, 2015, 2:35 PM

Yes, computers give us chance to overcome many of our weaknesses and are the best mean of obtaining and exchanging information.

Romeo wrote on January 14, 2015, 2:37 PM

If there were no computers our perception and understanding of reality would be very limited compared to what it is now.

seren3 wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:36 AM

Indeed computers have expanded our horizons in many ways (including virtual traveling).

nbaquero wrote on January 15, 2015, 11:32 AM

Romeo thanks for this informative piece. Dr. Atanasoff certainly changed the world with his work.

Romeo wrote on January 15, 2015, 12:26 PM

I am glad that my post was found to be useful and informative.

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AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 22, 2015, 10:21 AM

I got carried away. I did a little research about the origins of John Atanasoff's ancestors (paternal). I suspect that his family ancestry comes from an ancient , thriving people that immigrated to all the earth throughout history. Just a thought... emoticon :smile:

Romeo wrote on January 22, 2015, 11:46 AM

Oh, thank you for sharing more information on the subject with that research. I haven't done so deep research about his origins. I knew from common culture that he is Bulgarian. Thanks :)

Glenn wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:27 AM

AsADrivenLeaf Romeo - Actually John Atanasoff's father was a Bulgarian immigrant. John was born in the United States, in Hamilton, New York, on October 4th, 1903.