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Konrad Zuse

Our latest #techspiration is the German inventor, engineer and computer specialist, Konrad Zuse. Konrad is known as the very first person to build a fully operational electromechanical computer.

Background

What makes him great?

The Computer Museum History Centre in Mountain View, California, nicely summed up why he was such an important person:

In 1941, Konrad Zuse created the first fully-automated, program-controlled, and freely-programmable computer for binary floating-point calculations, and later, the basic programming system, Plankalkül. His contributions were so striking, and made under such adversity, that the History Centre has made an exception to its usual practice and named him a Fellow posthumously.

Why she’s a ‘techspiration’ to Claritas

The story of Konrad Zuse is an inspirational one which shows that you can achieve greatness even in tough times, like the 1940s. Konrad Zuse’s persistence led to him building the first commercial digital computer, the Z4. He later sold it to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and it was the only working computer in Europe at the time.

Our favourite quote

The danger of computers becoming like humans is not as great as the danger of humans becoming like computers.

Konrad Zuse