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29. June 2010

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Konrad Zuse, inventor of the computer

In 1934 the engineering student Konrad Zuse (1910-1995) had the task of calculating a nine-fold static undefined system as part of his dissertation supervised by Professor Karl Pohl (1881-1947) at the TH Berlin.

To formalize the calculation process Zuse began by applying himself to schematizing the formulae, with the intention that only the figures (input values) be used. On May 12, 1941 Konrad Zuse's Z3 calculating machine was finally put into operation in Berlin. But the Z3 was more than just a calculating machine: According to Professor Friedrich L. Bauer, Konrad Zuse may be regarded as the "creator of the first fully automatic, program-driven and freely programmed computational machine, using binary floating point calculations".

Konrad Zuse's work is being honored by the Deutsches Museum in an exhibition titled "100 Jahre Konrad Zuse. Einblicke in den Nachlass“, which is open daily until August 22 from 9 am till 5 pm. To coincide with the exhibition the head of the archive at the Deutsches Museum, Dr. Wilhelm Füßl, has published a catalog sponsored by Nemetschek AG. The Deutsche Technikmuseum in Berlin is also honoring Konrad Zuse's work with a special exhibition. The author Friedrich Christian Delius set Konrad Zuse a literary monument with his novel "die frau, für die ich den computer erfand".