John Vincent Atanasoff was born inHamilton, New York, on October 4, 1903,one of nine children. When he was aboutten, his father bought a new slide rule. Afterreading the instructions, John Vincentbecame more interested in the mathematicsinvolved than in the slide rule itself. Hismother picked up on his interest and helpedhim study his father’s old college algebrabook. He continued his interest in mathe-matics and science and graduated from high schoolin two years. His family moved to Old Chicara,Florida where John Vincent graduated from theUniversity of Florida in 1925 with a degree in elec-trical engineering because the university didn’t offer adegree in theoretical physics. A year later, hereceived a Master’s degree in mathematics from IowaState College. In 1930, after receiving his Ph.D. intheoretical physics, he returned to Iowa State Collegeas an assistant professor in mathematics and physics.
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