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John Vincent Atanasoff Collection, 1941-[ongoing]

Author: Iowa State University. University Relations.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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John Vincent Atanasoff received his M.S. (1926) in Mathematics from Iowa State College (University) and received his Ph.D. (1930) in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to Iowa State in 1930 as Assistant Professor in mathematics and physics and was promoted to Associate Professor (1936). Atanasoff began developing concepts for an electronic computing machine in 1937. It was  Read more...
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Named Person: John V Atanasoff; Clifford Edward Berry
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Iowa State University. University Relations.
OCLC Number: 76877117
Description: 6.46 linear ft. (3 records center cartons, 3 document boxes, 1 half-document box, and 1 oversized box)
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John Vincent Atanasoff received his M.S. (1926) in Mathematics from Iowa State College (University) and received his Ph.D. (1930) in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to Iowa State in 1930 as Assistant Professor in mathematics and physics and was promoted to Associate Professor (1936). Atanasoff began developing concepts for an electronic computing machine in 1937. It was shortly thereafter that he, along with graduate student Clifford Berry, started work on the world's first electronic digital computer. The computer would later be named the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC). Work on the machine stopped at the start of World War II in 1941 and the ABC was never patented. Atanasoff and Berry were both called to support the war effort and left Iowa State. By the end of the decade, the ABC was removed from the basement of Physics Hall and dismantled. Atanasoff and the ABC were part of a major court case between Honeywell, Inc and Sperry Rand Corporation which occurred 1967-1973. The case involved the ENIAC patent which covered basic ownership rights to the design of electronic digital computers. During the trial, the judge concluded that the invention of the ENIAC was derived from the work of John Vincent Atanasoff at Iowa State University. A replica of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer was completed and unveiled to the public in 1996. The ABC replica was constructed by a team of Iowa State scientists at the Ames Laboratory and was exhibited at museums throughout the country over the next several years.

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