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Feb. 20, 1998

ABC to Legislature

The authentic working replica of the first electronic digital computer will be on display from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the atrium of the State Historical Building, Des Moines. The replica is part of a reception being held for Iowa legislators.

President Martin Jischke and University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman will be at the reception, as will ISU Engineering Dean James Melsa and Iowa Engineering Dean Richard Miller. The display of the ABC replica is part of the two engineering schools celebration of National Engineers Week (Feb. 22 - 28).

The Atanasoff-Berry Computer was invented by John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry at Iowa State during 1939-42. The replica is touring several Iowa cities and has been displayed in Ames, Ottumwa, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities. Other Iowa stops for the replica include Waterloo, Mason City, Sioux City and Spencer.

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