[SIGCIS-Members] Konrad Zuse's 1936 patent - German text?

Gerardo Con Diaz gerardo.condiaz at yale.edu
Tue Jan 24 18:45:00 PST 2017

Hi Mark,

I found the following preliminary information by tracking the patent
application number through the German Museum Archives and the World
Intellectual Property Organization. I don't speak German, but perhaps these
are good starting points:

If you wouldn't mind an unofficial transcription of the application, it
appears that you may find one here, thanks to the Zuse archive:

If you want to look at the original patent application, you may need to
contact the German Museum Archives. Here is a link to an archive entry that
may help you move forward: http://kalliope.staat

Did that specific patent application ever yield an actual published patent?
According to WIPO, there's a patent filed in 1936 and issued to Zuse in
1954, but its filing date is May 9 1936, and not November 4, 1936 (as the
Zuse archive document suggests). (https://patentscope.

I hope that this helps you to get started. I love finding patents, so
please do keep me posted on how the search goes.


On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 2:58 AM, Mark Priestley <m.priestley at gmail.com>

> Dear list,
> Zuse's 1936 patent "Method for Automatic Execution of Calculations with
> the Aid of Computers" is reprinted in Brian Randell's "Origins of Digital
> Computers" collections. Does anyone know if/where I can get hold of the
> German original?
> Thanks in advance.
> Mark
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*Gerardo Con Diaz*
Assistant Professor (Starting late June 2016)
Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis
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