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Today: August 29, 2015
Von Neumann with ENIAC

December 28, 1903

John von Neumann Born

John von Neumann is born in Budapest, Hungary. His prodigious abilities were recognized in his early childhood. He obtained a degree in chemical engineering while attending the University of Berlin from 1921 to 1923 and the Technische Hochschule in Zurich from 1923 to 1926. Well known for penning the seminal First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, von Neumann also developed the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) computer while at Princeton. The IAS computer and its “von Neumann architecture,” first described in the First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, served as the model for a number of computers built at governmental and scientific institutions. Von Neumann architecture standardized the way programs and data were stored in a computer’s common memory.