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Who (Walter Isaacson thinks) invented the computer

Who actually invented the computer? We know Bill Gates and Steve Jobs played big roles in the revolution of the computer, but they cannot take credit for the invention itself. The topic continues to be debated to this day.

Some believe it was American physicist and inventor John Atanasoff. He was the creator of the Atanasoff–Berry Computer (ABC) at Iowa State College in the 1930s. However, many experts have argued that it was not fully functional.

Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and best-selling author of "Steve Jobs," believes that the credit should actually be given to John Mauchly, J. Presper Eckert and the engineering team out of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1946 they created the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. The ENIAC has been considered by many to be the first programmable general-purpose electronic digital computer.