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Their Machine Launched a World of Change | ENIAC - The first general-purpose electronic computer
This web site is devoted to ENIAC — “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer”. ENIAC was the first general-purpose electronic computer. It was made at the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering during World War II under the code name "Project PX". Physics professor John W. Mauchly and electrical engineer J. Presper Eckert led the team. Both were civilian employees whose computer work was funded by the United States Army Ballistics Research Laboratory. This is a collection of the best online information about the ENIAC and the people that created it. (The information is divided into these categories - Select a link or scroll down to read the blog.)

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Their Machine Launched a World of Change

The woman knew how to tell a story.  I just made a page for this piece, patientTheir Machine Launched a World of Change” by Kathleen Mauchly Antonelli.  It was printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer ten years ago.  Feel the love.

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2 Responses to “Their Machine Launched a World of Change”

  1. Bill Says:

    Their heads have gotten way too big over this.

  2. steve Says:

    I Dont think so. You dont understand what they created. just like so many of their academic contemporaries. With his background in physics and electromagnetism, he saw very clearly the phenomenal unexploited power of the vacuum tube as a very fast switch and extracted every ounce of power from it (with Eckert of course).
    He helped usher in the Personal Computer, Cray Supercomputers, the Internet and many other exttemely powerful creations. This is just what the under-appreciated Mauchly essentially was. You just dont understand. His vision created an extremely powerful creation, which fathered many other gigantic creations.

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