Who Invented the First Electronic Digital Computer?

How much did the invention of the ENIAC owe to a little-known professor of physics from Iowa?
  • Nancy Stern
  • Herbert Freeman


The electronic digital computer was invented just over four decades ago, ushering in a series of technological changes which can only be compared to the Industrial Revolution in their scope, magnitude, and impact. Even though we are still in the infancy—if not the birth throes—of this so-called “computer revolution,” its history has been the subject of considerable interest in recent years.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy Stern
    • 1
  • Herbert Freeman
    • 2
  1. 1.Hofstra UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Rutgers UniversityUSA

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