1946 ENIAC

The book of science

Tom Sharp

John Grist Brainerd, John Mauchly, J. Presper Eckert computer science


Spawn of ENIAC



While ENIAC was being built, J. Presper Eckert, John Mauchly, John von Neumann, A. W. Burks, and Captain H. Goldstine were selected to work on a new computer that would take advantage of the lessons that they were learning from ENIAC. They called this new computer EDVAC. The EDVAC was smaller than the ENIAC, eliminated parallel operations, and stored its own program code. It was completed in August 1949 and it started limited operations in late 1951. Meanwhile, von Neumann’s report on the EDVAC inspired similar projects in England, Australia, and elsewhere in the United States.

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