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Atanasoff-Berry Computer
Society: IEEEMain Category: Consumer ElectronicsSub Category: Computers and Information ProcessingEra: 1930-1939DateCreated: 1939AmesState: IACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:Atanasoff-Berry_Computer,_1939Creator: Atanasoff, Vincent John, Berry, Clifford E.

John Vincent Atanasoff conceived basic design principles for the first electronic-digital computer in the winter of 1937 and, assisted by his graduate student, Clifford E. Berry, constructed a prototype here in October 1939. It used binary numbers, direct logic for calculation, and a regenerative memory. It embodied concepts that would be central to the future development of computers.

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1990
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Joe Wolf (CC BY-ND 2.0)Image Caption: Atanasoff-Berry ComputerEra_date_from: 1939
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