Today in Science (0215)


1946 - ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer, unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.


1564 - Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist

1809 - André Dumont, Belgian geologist

1861 - Charles Edouard Guillaume, French physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

1873 - Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born chemist and Nobel Prize laureate


1988 - Richard Feynman, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

1999 - Henry Way Kendall, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

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In the future I hope you are as diligent to make note of the actual first electronic digital (binary) computer developed in 1939 at Iowa State University, as you are at perpetuating the notion that Eniac was the first by the inclusion of the modifier "general-purpose" and the exclusion that it was a decimal computer. The plans for general purpose use (and numerical integration) existed for the ABC computer, but WWII interfered with the implementation.

Thank you,



By Randy Bancroft (not verified) on 15 Feb 2008 #permalink