- Eduard Hammensted was a watchmaker who lived in the 19th century.
- He invented a column-type adding machine.
- He submitted the patent in 1882, but his machine was never commercially produced.
History of Computers and Computing, Calculating tools, Gadgets, Eduard Hammenstede
On March 31st, 1882 Eduard Hammenstede of Cologne, Germany, received German patent No. 20443 on Schnell-Addirmaschine (Quick Adding Machine). The device was a column adder with a large numeral drum and keys, arranged in two rows and as a whole looked very much like the earlier calculating machine of Thomas Hill
The machine of Hammenstede looks like it has a simple and reliable construction, but it never went into production and remained only on paper.
The Schnell-Addirmaschine of Eduard Hammenstede (the patent drawing)
Carl Eduard Hammenstede was a German watchmaker, born in 1845 in Düsseldorf, Preußen, in the family of Heinrich Hammenstede and Anna Christiana Klein. In 1868 he immigrated to Belgium, where he lived for several years, then returned to Germany and settled in Cologne.