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Konrad Zuse (1910-1995) was a German computer scientist and inventor and is considered the pioneer of program-controlled computers. Zuse developed the first ever program-controlled computer, Z1, in 1938, but his greatest accomplishment is considered the Z3, a functional program-controlled Turing-complete computer he completed in 1941. Zuse was also the first to start a commercial computer business.
Konrad Zuse completed the Z1 before World War II, and it was financed by his family. Later, he received funding from the German government. Z1 was a preliminary design of a Turing machine based computer and was later improved to become the Z3 in 1941. Zuse is also the inventor of the first high-level programming language PlanKalKul (Plan Calculus).
Konrad Zuse is also the author of several books and received many awards from the German government.
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