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This Day in History

Today: April 16, 2014

June 14, 1941

Mauchly Meets Atanasoff in Historic Meeting.

John Mauchly arrived in Iowa City for a visit with John Atanasoff to see his computer. The two computer pioneers later found themselves in a court battle over who would be deemed the legal inventor of the electronic digital computer. Atanasoff emerged from the long and tangled legal battle as the victor after Honeywell Inc. charged Sperry Rand Corp. with enforcement of a fraudulent patent. During the course of the trial, Atanasoff's work emerged, and a judge determined his work had preceded and contributed to development of the ENIAC.