WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Thursday, October 6th. October is a special month in the history of handling data. In a month that holds the anniversaries of the first adding machine and the tentative birth of the Internet, October is also when the first all-electronic calculations were performed on an experimental computer. John Vincent Atanasoff was an associate professor in mathematics and physics at Iowa State College. Beginning in September 1939 with a $650 grant from the school, and with the help of a top engineering student, he created the first electronic digital computing device. The computer was no laptop: it was about the size of a desk and weighed more than 700 pounds. In the U.S. today, there are nearly 13,000 establishments manufacturing computers and other electronic products, with a value of nearly $305 billion. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
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DARPA/accessed 721/2016: http://www.internetsociety.org/internet/what-internet/history-internet/brief-history-internet
Early Computer History/accessed 7/21/2016: http://history-computer.com/ModernComputer/Electronic/Atanasoff.html
J.V. Atanasoff biography/accessed 7/21/2016: http://www.columbia.edu/~td2177/JVAtanasoff/JVAtanasoff.html
Computer manufacturing/NAICS 334: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1//naics~334
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau