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Professor John Atanasoff and graduate student Clifford Berry built the world's first electronic-digital computer at Iowa State University between 1939 and 1942. The Atanasoff-Berry Computer represented several innovations in computing, including a binary system of arithmetic, parallel processing, regenerative memory, and a separation of memory and computing functions.

During a similar time period Alan Turing of Cambridge University , Max Newman and Mr Tommy Flowers of British GPO need a mention. Alan Turing developed the thery for the code breaking and Mr Newman & Tommy Flowers made a practical design. It was no mean technical feat to keep thousands of tubes working long enough to do useful work. They developed a several working large dedicated Tube (valve) computers for breaking the code from the Enigma machine used by Germany in WWII. Both worked at the Bletchley Park Code breaking centre As they worked for the UK Government and thus covered by the "Official Secrets Act" much of their work and achievements were kept secret for many years. They have recently rebuilt one of the Computers for the Museum.

In more recent times, Alice Burks, wife of an early computer engineer Arthur Burks, claims to have established paternity by analyzing documents and reviewing oral testimony for her 2003 book entitled 'Who Invented The Computer?: The Legal Battle That Changed Computer History'. She concluded that the father of the electronic computer is John Vincent Atanasoff - not J. Prespert Eckert and John W. Mauchly, who are named as inventors of Patent No. 3,120,606 for 'Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer' (ENIAC) that issued in 1964 based on a 1947 filing date.

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What was the first computer invented called?

ENIAC- Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) was the first electronic general-purpose computer.


When and why was the first computer invented?

the first computer was a human. the first electronic computer was invented to replace human computers and automate their jobs.


Who is the creator of the first computer?

Alan Turing invented the first Electronic Computer.


Who invended the first computer?

Charles Babbage invented the first electronic computer


Where was the first electronic computer invented?

Ames, Iowa


Which was the first electronic digital computer and who invented it?

ABC


How invented the first electronic computer?

John Vincent Atanasoff


Where was the computer invented in?

Z3, an electromechanical programmable computer was invented in Berlin. ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer was invented at the University of Pennsylvania.


Who invented the first electronic computer?

Alan Turing from Camridge, UK.


When the first computer was invented?

the first known computer, a mechanical analog computer, was invented and built circa 100BCthe first digital computer, a programmable mechanical decimal computer, was invented circa 1840 but never builtthe first electronic digital computer, an electronic binary computer, was invented circa 1936 and built in 1942. it was dismantled later that yearthe first programmable electronic digital computer, was invented in 1943 and 11 of them in 2 different models were built between 1944 and the end of the war in Europe. this is the only digital computer built built in a quantity greater than 1 until the early 1950sthe first stored program electronic digital computer, was built in 1948 based on a variety of concepts invented between 1936 and 1946. all modern digital computers are derivatives of this architecture


Who invented the PC and in what year?

The first electronic computer was invented in 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania. It is called ENIAC.


Who invented the first general purpose electronic digital computer?

Alan Turing


How could Charles Baggage invent the electronic computer if he was born in 1791 and it was invented in 1641?

The electronic computer was not invented in 1641, there was no electronics in 1641. The electronic computer was invented in the 1940s. Charles Babbage did invent the programmable digital computer, the Analytical Engine, but it was mechanical not electronic.


When did the computer begin?

The world's first electronic computer was the Colossus computer, invented by Tommy Flowers during WW2. The earliest computer (it was mechanical) was invented by Charles Babbage in the 1800s.


What is considered the first successful high-speed electronic digital computer?

The first successful high-speed electronic digital computer was the Colossus computer, invented by Tommy Flowers during WW2. The earliest computer (it was mechanical) was Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, invented in 1834.


What year computer was invent?

The first electronic computer was invented sometime in the mid 20th century, 1940-1945.


Was the computer invented in 1998?

No, the first electronic digital computer was made in 1942. Its invention was about 1937.Electronic digital computers have been manufactured for sale since 1950.


Was the first computer made in 1936?

No, but the ABC electronic digital computer was invented about that time. It was finished in 1942 in Ames Iowa.


Who invented the digital electronic computer?

Atansoff


Who invented the first small computer?

John Vincent Atanasoff invented the first electronic digital computer in 1936 and finished building it in 1942. It was about the size of an office desk, much smaller than many later electronic digital computers until the late 1950s.


Who invented ABC computer?

The Atanasoffâ??Berry computer was invented by the eponymous John Vincent Atanasoff. Built at Iowa State University between 1939-1942, the ABC was the first automatic electronic digital computer and debatably the first 'real' computer.


Who helped invent the first electronic computer?

1943 ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first general-purpose electronic digital calculator begins to be constructed. This computer by most is considered to be the first electronic computer.


When were computers made?

in the year 1936 konrad zuse invented the z1 computer. it was the first freely programmable computer, but it was electromechanical not electronic


Was the abc computer invented in 1942 or 1939?

Atanasoff Berry Computer ( ABC ) was the first electronic digital computer device conceived or invented in 1937-38 and was first demonstrated in October 1939 and was not successfully tested until 1942.


When was hybrid computer invented?

Uncertain, but sometime in the early 1950s when an off the shelf electronic analog computer was interfaced to an electronic digital computer.