Born on April 9, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J. Presper Eckert Jr. and his professor John W. Mauchly made the first general purpose digital computer, dubbed ENIAC—Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. Prototypes BINAC and UNIVAC I followed as a hardware firm, as well. The recipient of dozens of patents and the 1968 National Medal of Science, Eckert died on June 3, 1995, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
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