The Founding Fathers of Computing

There are many people who have made major contributions to computer science and computing-related fields. The following are the main founding fathers of computers, computing and the personal computer:

Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage is considered to be the father of computing because he invented the Analytical Engine. Developed in 1887, the Analytical Engine had an Arithmetic Logic Unit, basic flow control, and integrated memory. Although he never completed his invention in his time, his concepts of the computer are what make him to be called the father of computing.

Konrad Zuse

Konrad Zuse created the Z1 in his parent’s house. The Z1 contained more than 30,000 metal parts and is thought to be the 1st electro-mechanical binary programmable computer. The German military commissioned him to develop the Z2 in 1939, which was mainly based on the Z1. In May of 1941, he completed the Z3, a revolutionary computer for its time. Finally, he completed and transported the Z4 computer in 1950, which is believed to be the first commercial computer.

Henry Edward Roberts

Henry Edward Roberts is famous for coining the term “personal computer. Since he released the Altair in 1974, he has been considered as the father of the modern personal computers. By August 1975, thousands of Altair 8800 personal computers were sold.



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