So Much Has
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We still can't precisely predict the weather, but someday we will. Sometime in the future, John Mauchly's dream will become a reality. And when it happens, he most likely won't be remembered. Just as most people have already forgotten that Mauchly and Eckert invented the first true computer and founded the first computer company.
They never got rich from their invention: All told, Eckert and Mauchly each received about $200,000 to $250,000 over many years. Eckert had been independently wealthy, but for Mauchly, money was always a struggle.
Mauchly left Sperry Rand in 1960 and formed a company called Mauchly Associates that developed a computerized construction manager. Long before the desktop computer and before Compaq Computer Corporation and others started building "luggable" computers, Mauchly ac-