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2011 February | 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.)

History and technology

People and stories

Was it the first computer?

UNIVAC and beyond

The ENIAC patent trial

Myths about ENIAC

ENIACtion on Facebook


Where to learn more

Still more ENIAC birthday coverage

Posted in All Posts on February 15th, 2011 by researcher

Today is the 65th anniversary of ENIAC being unveiled to the world. Here are some articles.




The First Day of Computers

Posted in All Posts on February 15th, 2011 by Bill

Is man’s best friend still a dog?  Or are you more likely to choose a laptop as your desert island companion?

February 15, pharmacy 1946 is the day that ENIAC was shown to the world—and the world is still giddy with the trillion ways your life is better with a computer.

See today’s Philly Post: Happy Birthday ENIAC. It’s a great overview of the ENIAC (and our fight to give it the respect it earned!).

Also new: Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY Radio Times did a nice hour program called The ENIAC Anniversary.   It featured an interview with Mitch Marcus from Penn and a few playful pokes at Jane Smiley, who called in to try to defend her minority report.

Also: A TOP TEN LIST in TechnicallyPhilly.

Happy Birthday ENIAC

Posted in All Posts on February 4th, 2011 by Bill

Feb 15 will be ENIAC Day in Philadelphia.  City Council will decree.   There will be computers dancing in the streets.  iPhones will be gathered around the older desktops as they tell stories of the good old days.

ENIAC, search the biggest bucket of vacuum tubes ever shipped, the machine that changed the world, is celebrating its 65th birthday.

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