John Vincent Atanasoff

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Birthday
4, 1903
Birthplace
Hamilton, NY
Death Date
Jun 15, 1995 (91)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
4, 1903
Birthplace
Hamilton, NY
Death Date
Jun 15, 1995 (91)

About

Inventor of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC), the world's first digital computer. He defended and won the claim that he had created the computer in the 1973 case Honeywell v. Sperry Rand.

Before Fame

With a talent for mathematics for an early age, he decided from his high school days to study theoretical physics.

Trivia

His computer was built only to solve linear equations, but it was the first to use binary digits to represent data, and the first to use electronic components to perform calculations.

Family Life

He was born in Hamilton, New York, both of his parents dying in a war against Turkey when he was a year old.

Associated With

For his work on the ABC he was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1990 by the President George H. W. Bush.

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