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Atanasoff, John Vincent (04 October 1903–15 June 1995), inventor and computer scientist, was born near Hamilton, New York, the son of Ivan Atanasoff, a Bulgarian immigrant and self-taught electrical engineer, and Iva Purdy Atanasoff, a schoolteacher. John Atanasoff was precocious; by age nine he had corrected faulty home wiring, become fascinated with his father's slide rule and logarithms, and been tutored to college algebra–level mathematics by his mother. One of his mother's books introduced him to nondecimal number bases, a nontraditional concept that served him well later in his pursuit of automatic calculation. He attended Mulberry High School in Florida. In 1925 he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and an M.S. in mathematics from Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) the following year. Also in 1926 he married Lura Meeks; they had three children and divorced in 1949. In 1949 he married Alice Crosby....

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Mauchly, John William (30 August 1907–08 January 1980), physicist and inventor, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Sebastian Jacob Mauchly, a physicist, and Rachel Scheidemantel. The family moved from Cincinnati to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., after his father, who had been teaching physics at the University of Cincinnati, took a job at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. That department was a leading center for research in terrestrial magnetism and would become famous for research in high-energy physics in the following decades. Mauchly recalled visiting his father there often as a youth. Significantly, the DTM’s study of the earth’s magnetic field required the sorting and analyzing of large quantities of statistical data gathered from stations around the world. Mauchly’s later efforts to employ computing machines for the analysis of weather phenomena echoed that style of work....

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Wang, An (07 February 1920–24 March 1990), inventor and entrepreneur, was born in Shanghai, China, the son of Yin Lu Wang, an English teacher, and Zen Wan Cheng. Wang studied electrical engineering at Chiao-t’ung University, Shanghai, and edited a journal that published translations of scientific and technical articles from magazines such as ...