Scientific Program

Historical Lecture

Program -> Historical -> Mon.17:00.H 1012 title only | abstract | bio sketch

Monday, 17:00 - 17:50 h, H 1012

Horst Zuse
The origins of the Computer

Chair: Martin Grötschel

Many outstanding scientists and managers were necessary to get the computer to the point of development that we know today. Konrad Zuse (1910-1995) is almost unanimously accepted as the inventor of the first working, freely programmable machine using Boolean logic and with binary floating point numbers. This Machine - called Z3 - he did finish in May 1941 in his small workshop in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

In this presentation the achievements of Charles Babbage (1823), the development of the secret COLOSSUS-Project (UK, 1943), Howard Aiken’s Mark I (USA), and the ENIAC (USA).
Konrad Zuses contributions to computer development are presented as well, with many surprising pictures and videos. It is not well known, that Konrad Zuse founded, in 1949, a computer company that produced 251 computers of a value of 51 Million Euros. It was the first company which did produce computers in a commercial way.


Biographical sketch:
Horst Zuse was born at November 17, 1945 in Hindelang (Bavaria in Germany). He received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Technische Universität (TUB) of Berlin in 1985. From 1975-2010 he was a senior research scientist with the Technische Universität Berlin. His research interests are information retrieval systems, software engineering, software metrics, computer history and computer architectures.

In 1991 he published the book: Horst Zuse: Software Complexity - Measures and Methods (De Gruyter Publisher). In 1998 the book Horst Zuse: A Framework for Software Measurement (DeGruyter Publisher) followed. In 1998 he received the habilitation (Privatdozent) in the area of Praktische Informatik (Practical Computer Science) and since 2006 he is a Professor with the University of applied Sciences in Senftenberg.



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