Konrad Zuse

German computer scientist and engineer (1910-1995)

Konrad Zuse (June 22, 1910December 18, 1995) was a German engineer and computer pioneer, noted for implementing the world's first programmable Turing-complete computer, the Z3, in 1941.


  • The rattling of the relays of the Z4 was the only interesting thing to be experienced in Zurich's night life!
    • Attributed to Zuse in: Ra L Rojas, Ulf Hashagen (2002) The First Computers: History and Architectures. p. 270
  • Die Gefahr, dass der Computer so wird wie der Mensch, ist nicht so groß wie die Gefahr, dass der Mensch so wird wie der Computer.
    • Translation: The danger of computers becoming like humans is not as great as the danger of humans becoming like computers.
    • Attributed in: Hersfelder Zeitung. Nr. 212, 12. September 2005.
  • Der Glaube an eine bestimmte Idee gibt dem Forscher den Rückhalt für seine Arbeit. Ohne diesen Glauben wäre er verloren in einem Meer von Zweifeln und halbgültigen Beweisen.
    • Translation: The belief in a certain idea gives to the researcher the support for his work. Without this belief he would be lost in a sea of doubts and insufficiently verified proofs.
    • Attributed in Konrad Zuse on "Die Erfindergalerie", dpma.de, 2008

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