Pingala: Pingala invented the binary number system
Antikythera Mechanism: Built in Rhodes to track movement of the stars
Heron of Alexandria: Heron of Alexandria invents machines which follow a series of instructions
Liang Ling-Can: Liang Ling-Can invents the first fully mechanical clock
Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci depict inventions such as flying machines, including a helicopter, the first mechanical calculator and one of the first programmable robots
John Napier: John Napier invents a system of moveable rods (Napier's Rods) based on logarithms which was able to multiply, divide and calculate square and cube roots
William Oughtred: William Oughtred develops slide rules
Calculating Clock: Invented by Wilhelm Schickard
Blaise Pascal: Blaise Pascal invents the the "Pascaline", a mechanical adding machine
Gottfried Leibniz: Gottfried Leibniz is known as one of the founding fathers of calculus
Joseph-Marie Jacquard: Joseph-Marie Jacquard invents an automatic loom controlled by punched cards
Arithmometer: The Arithmometer was the first mass-produced calculator invented by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar
Charles Babbage: Charles Babbage designs his first mechanical computer
Analytical Engine: The Analytical Engine was invented by Charles Babbage
Morse code: Samuel Morse invents Morse code
Boolean algebra: Boolean algebra is invented by George Boole
Tabulating Machine: Per Georg Scheutz and his son Edvard invent the Tabulating Machine
William Stanley Jevons: William Stanley Jevons designs a practical logic machine
Ramon Verea: Ramon Verea invents a fast calculator with an internal multiplication table
Alexander Graham Bell: Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone called the Photophone
Comptometer: The Comptometer is an invention of Dorr E. Felt which is operated by pressing keys
Herman Hollerith: Herman Hollerith invents a counting machine which increment mechanical counters
Guglielmo Marconi: Radio signals were invented by Guglielmo Marconi
Tabulating Machine Company: Herman Hollerith forms the Tabulating Machine Company which later becomes IBM
Nikola Tesla: Remote control was invented by Nikola Tesla
Lee De Forest: Lee De Forest invents the electronic tube
IBM: IBM is formed on June 15, 1911
Philo Farnsworth: Television Electronic was invented by Philo Farnsworth
John Logie Baird: Electro Mechanical television system was invented by John Logie Baird
Vannevar Bush: Vannevar Bush develops a partly electronic Difference Engine
Kurt Godel: Kurt Godel publishes a paper on the use of a universal formal language
Alan Turing: Alan Turing develops the concept of a theoretical computing machine
Konrad Zuse: Konrad Zuse creates the Z1 Computer a binary digital computer using punch tape
George Stibitz: George Stibitz develops the Complex Number Calculator - a foundation for digital computers
Enigma: Adolf Hitler uses the Enigma encryption machine
Howard Aiken & Grace Hopper: Howard Aiken and Grace Hopper designed the MARK series of computers at Harvard University
ENIAC: John Presper Eckert & John W. Mauchly: John Presper Eckert & John W. Mauchly develop the ENIAC ( Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer)
F.C. Williams: F.C. Williams develops his cathode-ray tube (CRT) storing device the forerunner to random-access memory (RAM)
Pilot ACE: Donald Watts Davies joins Alan Turing to build the fastest digital computer in England at the time, the Pilot ACE
Andrew Donald Booth: Andrew Donald Booth invents magnetic drum memory
Claude Shannon: Claude Shannon builds the first machine that plays chess
Hideo Yamachito: The first electronic computer is created in Japan by Hideo Yamachito.
LEO: T. Raymond Thompson and John Simmons develop the first business computer, the Lyons Electronic Office (LEO) at Lyons Co.
The IBM 701 becomes available and a total of 19 are sold to the scientific community.
John Backus & IBM: John Backus & IBM develop the FORTRAN Computer Programming Language
Bell Labs introduces its first transistor computer.
Optical fiber was invented by Basil Hirschowitz, C. Wilbur Peters, and Lawrence E. Curtiss
Sputnik I and Sputnik II: Sputnik I and Sputnik II are launched by the Russians
ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) and NASA is formed
Paul Baran: Paul Baran theorises on the "survivability of communication systems under nuclear attack", digital technology and symbiosis between humans and machines
COBOL: The Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL) programming language is invented.
Unimate: General Motors puts the first industrial robot, Unimate, to work in a New Jersey factory.
The first computer game: The first computer game Spacewar Computer Game invented BY Steve Russell & MIT
The Computer Mouse: Douglas Engelbart invents and patents the first computer mouse (nicknamed the mouse because the tail came out the end)
Word processor: IBM introduces the first word processor
Hypertext: Andries van Dam and Ted Nelson coin the term "hypertext"
Floppy Disk: IBM creates the first floppy disk
Seymour Cray: Seymour Cray develops the CDC 7600, the first supercomputer
RAM: Intel introduces the world's first available dynamic RAM ( random-access memory) chip and the first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.
E-mail: E-mail was invented by Ray Tomlinson
First Video Game: Atari releases Pong, the first commercial video game
Robert Metcalfe and David Boggs: Robert Metcalfe creates the Ethernet, a local-area network (LAN) protocol
SQL: IBM develops SEQUEL (Structured English Query Language ) now known as SQL
Portable computers: Altair produces the first portable computer
Apple: Apple Computers was founded Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs
Apple Computer’s Apple II, the first personal computer with color graphics, is demonstrated
Magnetic tape: The first magnetic tape is developed in the US
Over half a million computers are in use in the United States.
Paul Allen and Bill Gates: IBM hires Paul Allen and Bill Gates to create an operating system for a new PC. They buy the rights to a simple operating system manufactured by Seattle Computer Products and use it as a template to develop DOS.
Microsoft: MS-DOS Computer Operating System increases its success
WordPerfect: WordPerfect Corporation introduces WordPerfect 1.0 a word processing program
More than 10 million computers are in use in the United States
Apple Macintosh: Apple introduces the Macintosh with mouse and window interface
Paul Brainard: Paul Brainard introduces Pagemaker for the Macintosh creating the desktop publishing field.
More than 30 million computers are in use in the United States.
Microsoft introduces Microsoft Works
Over 45 million PCs are in use in the United States.
The Internet, World Wide Web & Tim Berners-Lee: Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau propose a 'hypertext' system starting the modern Internet
The World Wide Web: The World Wide Web is launched to the public on August 6, 1991
At the beginning of the year only 50 World Wide Web servers are known to exist
The World Wide Web Consortium is founded by Tim Berners-Lee to help with the development of common protocols for the evolution of the World Wide Web
Java: Java is introduced
WebTV: WebTV is introduced
Altavista introduces its free online translator Babel Fish
Google: Google is founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page on September 7, 1998
Xbox: Bill Gates introduces the Xbox on January 7th 2001.
Approximately 1 billion PCs been sold
September 12: eBay acquires Skype
Skype announces that it has over 100 million registered users.
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