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Computer Time line
11 months ago
11 months ago
How Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933
By Henry Bersey
Joseph Marie Jacquard invents a loom that uses punched wooden cards to automatically weave fabric design. THis is similar the system used in eary computers.
Charles Babbage has idea of a steam-powered calculating machine that would be able to compute tables of numbers. However the English government (who supplied the funding) declared the project as a failure :(
Herman Hollerith designs a punch card system to calculate the 1880 census, He starts a company which will later become IBM
Alan Turing presents the idea of a universal computer syster , later to be known as the Turing machine, It was capable of computing anything that is computable. The concept of the modern computer was based on his ideas.
J.V. Atanasoff, attempts the constuction of the first computer without gears, cams, belts or shafts.
Hewlett-Packard is formed; Now a huge computer company!
Atanasoff and his graduate student, Clifford Berry, design a computer that can solve 29 equations simultaneously. This marks the first time a computer is able to store information on its main memory.
Mauchly and Presper leave the University of Pennsylvania and receive funding from the Census Bureau to build the UNIVAC, the first commercial computer for business and government applications.
Grace Hopper develops the first computer language, which eventually becomes known as COBOL.
Thomas Johnson Watson Jr., son of IBM CEO conceives the IBM 701 EDPM to help the United Nations keep tabs on Korea during the war.
Douglas Engelbart shows a prototype of the modern computer, with a mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI). This marks the evolution of the computer from a specialized machine for scientific uses and mathematicians to technology that is more accessible to the general public.
A group of developers at Bell Labs produce UNIX, an operating system that addressed compatibility issues. UNIX was portable across multiple platforms and became the operating system of choice.
The newly formed Intel unveils the Intel 1103, the first Dynamic Access Memory (DRAM) chip.
Alan Shugart leads a team of IBM engineers who invent the "floppy disk," allowing data to be portable and shared across computers
Robert Metcalfe, develops Ethernet, allows connecting multiple computers and other hardware.
The January issue of Popular Electronics magazine features the Altair 8080, described as the "world's first minicomputer kit to rival commercial models."
Two life long friends, Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft!!!!!
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak start Apple Computers on April Fool's Day and roll out the Apple I,
John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, build the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator (ENIAC).
A number of personal computers hit the market
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