Bulgarian Ship Marked John Atanasoff's Anniversary in Lisbon
novinite.com : 19 June 2003, Thursday.
Diplomats joined Wednesday a tribute to the inventor of computer John Atanasoff aboard the Bulgarian sailing boat Kaliakra in Lisbon.
The ship started May 22nd its tour around Europe, organized to promote Bulgaria and commemorate the 100th anniversary since the birth of Atanasoff.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg's nephew, former Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov, Portuguese top statesmen and other noblemen, diplomats and journalists joined the event and saw a presentation on Atanasoff's life story and work. Bulgaria's ambassador to Portuguese capital Lisbon also joined the celebration.
John Vincent Atanasoff and his assistant Clifford Berry built the world's first electronic digital computer at US Iowa State University during 1937-42. It incorporated several major innovations in computing including the use of binary arithmetic, regenerative memory, parallel processing and separation of memory and computing functions. Atanasoff is son of a Bulgarian immigrant from Bulgaria's village of Boyadjik, Yambol Region. Throughout all his life, John Atanasoff emphasized proudly his Bulgarian roots.
On its Yambol-Barcelona cruise Kaliakra will also visit some other major European ports and organizers of the trip plan to
promote Bulgaria in each of the cities.
Bulgaria Marks 100th Anniversary of John Atanasoff's Birth with European Cruise
novinite.com : 22 May 2003, Thursday.
Bulgarian-flagged sailing boat Kaliakra started Thursday its tour around Europe, organized to promote Bulgaria and commemorate the 100th anniversary since the birth of John Atanasoff, the inventor of the computer.
Eleven orphan school leavers are sailing onboard the ship to learn how to steer a boat and become professionals. After the 20-day course the orphans will sit for an examination at the National Marine Administration. Nine of the future captains come from Bulgaria's town of Yambol, the other two come from Varna.
On its Yambol-Barselona cruise Kaliakra will also visit Varna and major European ports. Organizers of the trip plan to promote Bulgaria in each of the cities and some of Bulgaria's diplomats will join the events.
Grand-daughter of 1st Computer Inventor Visits Sofia
novinite.com : 10 January 2003, Friday.
Tamara Burton, grand-daughter of John Atanasoff paid a visit to Sofia. She met with Transport Minister Petrov. He acquainted her with the project "Pilot Virtual Computing Department "John Atanassov". Burton said she would love to study in the virtual university.