December 29, 2009

AUSTRIA: Computer pioneer Zemanek to turn 90

. VIENNA, Austria / Austrian Times / December 29, 2009 By David Rogers Austrian computer pioneer Heinz Zemanek who developed the first complete transistorised computer on the European continent will celebrate his 90th birthday on 1 January 2010. Zemanek became famous for developing the "Mail├╝fterl" computer in the 1950s which he designed and built with his own money since he had no official support. Austrian computer pioneer Heinz Zemanek who developed the first complete transistorised computer on the European continent will celebrate his 90th birthday on 1 January 2010. Mail├╝fterl, which is on display at Vienna’s Technical Museum, was the first such computer on the European continent and one of the first in the entire world. Zemanek was then involved in programming from 1958 to 1961 and with the subsequent transition from hardware to software. In 1961, he and his team moved to a Vienna laboratory that computer firm IBM had offered them and concentrated on programming language and created the "Vienna Definition Language," at the time the biggest programming language, and later the "Vienna Definition Method." He was named an IBM-Fellow in 1976, one of the few Europeans to be given the honour. Zemanek also worked as a professor at Vienna’s Technical University (TU) and was president of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), has been retired since 1985. He has received numerous rewards and honours during his life. [rc] Copyright: © AN News and Pictures