• Question: who are the major inventor of the computer

    Asked by 935orange33 to Eve, Gregory, Jacob, Makobu, Nelson on 17 May 2018.
    • Photo: Makobu Kimani

      Makobu Kimani answered on 17 May 2018:

      If you think about it a lot of the things we use today are basic computers. From your calculator to the mobile phone and the printer in the office all are computers.The computer is actually a very old invention. Initially in the 17th centaury a gentle man with a very funny name (Charles Babbage) invented an analytical machine. This was used to make basic calculations like how to position a weapon to increase its accuracy etc. Since then computers have become smaller and more powerful. Interesting fact: In the 1960’s the USA army had a big computer that fit in an entire building and its memory capacity was smaller than the memory card in todays phones!!

    • Photo: Nelson Kibinge

      Nelson Kibinge answered on 17 May 2018:

      In addition to Makobu’s answer:

      The word “computer” was first recorded as being used in 1613 and originally was used to describe a human who performed calculations or computations. The computer therefore may mean several technologies and it may be hard to ascribe it to a single person. However, the first programmable computer known as the Z1 was created by a German called Konrad Zuse in his parents’ living room between 1936 and 1938 (according to records).