John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert1944/1949

The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing
MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom

At the University of Pennsylvania in Summer 1945, a team of engineers and mathematicians published a remarkable report proposing the design of the Electronic Discrete Variable Automatic Computer (EDVAC) for the US Army. A universal, stored-program electronic computer, EDVAC revealed the potential to apply high-speed automatic digital calculations, performed by a computer, to a diverse selection of problems. Across the world, scientists recognised the fresh opportunities that could stem from the successful development of a universal electronic computer.


  • Title: EDVAC
  • Creator: John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert
  • Date Created: 1944/1949
  • Location: The Ballistic Research Laboratory (Maryland, USA)
  • Rights: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Edvac.jpg).

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