ATANASOFF: Father of the Computer



Most people know who invented the telephone. The light bulb. The airplane. But what about the first computer?  Atanasoff: Father of the Computer tells the story of the lone inventor who fought all his life to be recognized as the originator of one of mankind’s most significant inventions.

Atanasoff, a physics professor at the Iowa State College needed a better calculator that can quickly solve advanced equations and when he tries to find such a machine, realizes none exists. So Atanasoff decided he must build his own calculator.

Through archive material, reenactments, interviews with experts and first hand witnesses this documentary shins a light to controversy over who was the actual inventor of the computer and an unknown part of our history.

Directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross