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February 15: The World’s First General Purpose Digital Electronic Computer is Dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania

This Day In History: February 15, 1946 On this day in history, 1946, the first ever general purpose digital electronic computer was dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania.  The machine was called the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer).  It cost over $500,000 (around $6 million today), weighed around 57,000 pounds and took up 1800 square feet.  Further, it featured […]

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In 1842, Ada Lovelace Wrote the World’s First Computer Program

Ada Lovelace

Today I found out that Ada Lovelace was the world’s first computer programmer all the way back in the mid-1800s, writing the world’s first computer program in 1842.  She was also an accomplished mathematician, which was obviously quite rare for women in the era she lived. Lovelace was the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron, though she never knew him […]

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