John Mauchly And The Digital Computer

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John Mauchly pioneered the field of computer science and built the foundation for all modern computing with the creation of the world 's first fully functional digital computer, the ENIAC. The ENIAC, completed in 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania, occupied 1800 square feet, weighed 30 tons, had 18000 vacuum tubes, and cost about $5,000,000 in modern dollars (ENIAC Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia). John Mauchly originally conceived the ENIAC as a tool for statistical weather prediction; however, he was only able to secure funding by building the ENIAC for the US Army to calculate artillery tables for use in World War II. John Mauchly was born in August 1907 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, Sebastian Mauchly, was the chief physicist …show more content…
The courts ruled in favor of Atanasoff, Mauchly and Eckert 's opponent, saying the ENIAC was built off of Atanasoff 's principles; however, many modern biographers and researchers have disputed this ruling. Eckert said of the ruling: "[Atanasoff] never really got anything to work, he had no programming system. Mauchly and I achieved a complete workable computer system. Others had not." (Baranger) Atanasoff 's computer shared only basic concepts with the ENIAC; all of the designs were original to Mauchly and …show more content…
Presper Eckert said at Mauchly’s funeral: “John imparted to those people around him... this spirit of looking at things for what they really were. And this enabled us to break with tradition and to, advance tradition, rather than be held back by tradition” (Eckert) Mauchly’s advances and attitude towards computer science influenced many including Grace Hopper, who was a pioneer of Harvard’s Mark I computer. Without Mauchly’s achievements it is doubtful that a working digital computer would have appeared before the

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