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Zuse, Konrad

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Born: 1910 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Inventor

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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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