George R. Stibitz

From Ohio History Central

George R. Stibitz is considered to be the father of the modern computer.

Stibitz was born on April 30, 1904, in York, Pennsylvania. Because Stibitz loved math and science, his parents sent him to Moraine Park, a private school in Dayton, Ohio, known for its excellent science and engineering programs. Upon completing high school at Moraine Park, Stibitz enrolled at Dennison University, in Granville, Ohio, earning a doctorate in applied mathematics from this institution in 1926. The following year, Stibitz earned a Masters of Science degree from Union College and, in 1930, a doctorate in physics from Cornell University.

Upon graduating from Cornell University, Stibitz found employment with Bell Laboratories. He served as a mathematical consultant, and it was while at Bell, during the 1930s, that Stibitz developed a calculator able to calculate complex equations. The technology necessary for the calculator to work was the basis for modern computers.

During World War II, Bell Laboratories allowed Stibitz to assist the United States government in scientific research. Stibitz continued to serve as an adviser to the federal government and various businesses upon the war's conclusion. In 1964, he joined the Department of Physiology at Dartmouth Medical School. He retired from Dartmouth in 1970.

Over the course of his life, Stibitz received thirty-four patents. He died January 31, 1995.