ENIAC: Celebrating Penn Engineering History
Originally announced on February 14, 1946, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), was the first general-purpose electronic computer. Hailed by The New York Times as "an amazing machine which applies electronic speeds for the first time to mathematical tasks hitherto too difficult and cumbersome for solution," the ENIAC was a revolutionary piece of machinery in its day. It was constructed and operated here at The Moore School of Electrical Engineering, now part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Today, it is difficult to imagine how we could manage without the myriad electronic devices that we utilize each day. From our "smart" phones, touch screens, and tiny cameras to our automobiles, airplanes and medical equipment and devices, electronics is the engine driving us forward. And it was here at the University of Pennsylvania that it all began.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science is proud to have on display four of the original 40 panels of the ENIAC. The artifacts represent approximately one-tenth of its original size.