Birthplace of the Computer


South of Physics Hall

Plaque Text:

"The world’s first electronic digital computer was built on the Iowa State campus from 1939 through 1942 by John V. Atanasoff, a professor of physics and mathematics, and Clifford Berry, an engineering graduate student. Principles used in the Atanasoff-Berry Computer are the basis for modern computing, and Atanasoff is now considered the “father of the computer.”

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