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An Wang: The Core of the Computer Era

The inventor of magnetic memory and founder of Wang Laboratories survived war-torn Shanghai before becoming a U.S. tech legend

By Mike Brewster

It's well known that many European scientists, displaced from a war-ravaged continent, helped build post-World War II U.S. through their discoveries and inventions. But it was a Chinese immigrant escaping the war's devastation in Shanghai who achieved a breakthrough in computing and built a company that became entrenched in the American workplace.