Anderson, Jack and Van Atta, Dale. "Who Invented the Computer?" Gloverseville-Johnstown

 

Anderson, Jack and Van Atta, Dale. "Who Invented the Computer?" Gloverseville-Johnstown
Leader Herald, 11 August 1989, p. 4.

There is to be an exhibit at the Smithsonian on the computer, and the Smithsonian is, apparently,
crediting John W. Mauchly and Presper Eckert as Fathers of the Computer. There are others who
suggest that the father of the computer is really John Vincent Atanasoff. This is a clear case of
labeling: who is to be given the credit?

The issue has been in court: "In 1973, Sperry Rand and Honeywell Inc., tangled in federal court
over the paternity question. Sperry Rand owned the patent of Mauchly and Eckert, and
Honeywell was refusing to pay royalties for using the computer. The judge ruled that ‘Eckert and
Mauchly did not themselves first invent the automatic electronic digital computer, but instead
derived that subject matter from one John V. Atanasoff.'"