Tech History Today – June 14, 2013

In 1822 – Charles Babbage announced his difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled “Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables”.

In 1941 – John Mauchly visited John Atanasoff in Iowa City to see his computer. The two computer pioneers later battled in court over who was the legal inventor of the electronic digital computer.

In 1951 – The U.S. Census Bureau officially put UNIVAC I into service calling it the world’s first commercial computer.

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2 Responses to “Tech History Today – June 14, 2013”

  1. adambuck2989 That Wikipedia article has no citation supporting Ames. As yo can see, by the link above, the Computer History Museum says it was Iowa City, hence why I wrote it that way.

    If you can provide a reliable citation that it was Ames, I’d be happy to correct. For now I will leave it with the source I have.