Who was it that built the first functional electronic computer as a single-person effort? It must have been back in the mini-computer era, 1970 or so, but who was it?

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    Interesting Wiki link - thank you, but I don't think Flowers built the machine by himself. The article says he was working in a lab, so he must have had assistance. By functional, I mean actually worked.
    – Seti Net
    Oct 6, 2022 at 17:08
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    Zuse worked mostly alone I think.
    – Tomas By
    Oct 6, 2022 at 17:29
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    Analog or digital? Electronic or mechanical? Does "building" include smelting ore and doing your own photolithography to fabricate integrated circuits, or is it enough to plug a CPU into a socket? Oct 6, 2022 at 17:51
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    How about designed from scratch, wired up from scratch with integrated circuits?
    – Seti Net
    Oct 6, 2022 at 18:01
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    This is one of those questions where the answer depends more on the exact wording of the question than anything else. Digital or analog computer? Programmable or not? Stored-program or plugboard? What does single-person effort mean? What parts would they be allowed? And so on and so forth. Oct 6, 2022 at 18:17


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