[TUHS] RIP John Mauchly

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Mon Jan 8 11:07:38 AEST 2018


We lost a co-inventor of ENIAC, John Mauchly, on this day (that's 8th 
January like my headers say) in 1980.  ENIAC is claimed to be the "first 
general purpose electronic digital computer", but I guess it comes down to 
a matter of definition[*], as every culture likes to be the "first" (just 
ask the Penguins, for example); for "computer" you could go all the way 
back to the Mk-I Antikythera (Hellenic variation, from about the 100BC 
production run)...

[*]
Analogue/digital/hybrid
Mechanical/electrical/electronic/hybrid
General/special
Wired/programmable/Turing
Prototype/production
Harvard/Neumann/quantum
Etc...

-- 
Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."


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