Born: Jun 22, 1910 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 85 years of age.
1910 - Born on June 22nd in Berlin, Germany. German inventor of pre-war electromechanical binary computer designated Z1 which was destroyed without trace by wartime bombing.
- Developer of a basic programming system known as "Plankalkül" with which he designed a chess playing program.
1927 - Konrad Zuse had enrolled at the Technical University in Berlin-Charlottenburg and began his working career as a design engineer (Statiker) in the aircraft industry (Henschel Flugzeugwerke).
1935 - He had completed a degree in civil engineering.
1936-1938 - Konrad Zuse developed and built the first binary digital computer in the world (Zl). A copy of this computer is on display in the Museum for Transport and Technology ("Museum fur Verkehr und Technik") in Berlin.
1941 - The first fully functional program-controlled electromechanical digital computer in the world (the Z3) was completed by Zuse, but was destroyed in 1944 during the war.
1945 - He was married and had five children.
- He remained in Berlin from the time he finished his degree until the end of the war, and it was during this time that he constructed his first digital computers.
- He began the first research on high-level computer languages.
1950 -It was taken to Switzerland where it was installed in the ETH (Federal Polytechnical Institute/"Eidgenossisch Technische Hochschule") in Zurich.
1955 - It was used for 5 years in the Institute of Applied Mathematics at the ETH.
1960 - Because of its historical importance, a copy was made and put on display in the German Museum ("Deutsches Museum") in Munich.
1995 - Died on December 18th in Hünfeld, Germany.
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