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The Role of Computers and the Internet in Modern Life

  • Date Submitted: 12/16/2011 09:57 PM
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Now it’s impossible to imagine our life without computers. "Who invented the computer?" is not a question with a simple answer. The real answer is that many inventors contributed to the history of computers and that a computer is a complex piece of machinery made up of many parts, each of which can be considered a separate invention.
This series covers many of the major milestones in computer history (but not all of them) with a concentration on the history of personal home computers.

Computer History Year/Enter|Computer HistoryInventors/Inventions|Computer HistoryDescription of Event|
1936|Konrad Zuse - Z1 Computer|First freely programmable computer.|
1942|John Atanasoff & Clifford BerryABC Computer|Who was first in the computing biz is not always as easy as ABC.|
1944|Howard Aiken & Grace HopperHarvard Mark I Computer|The Harvard Mark 1 computer.|
1946|John Presper Eckert & John W. MauchlyENIAC 1 Computer|20,000 vacuum tubes later...|
1948|Frederic Williams & Tom KilburnManchester Baby Computer & The Williams Tube|Baby and the Williams Tube turn on the memories.|
1947/48|John Bardeen, Walter Brattain & Wiliam ShockleyThe Transistor|No, a transistor is not a computer, but this invention greatly affected the history of computers.|
1951|John Presper Eckert & John W. MauchlyUNIVAC Computer|First commercial computer & able to pick presidential winners.|
1953|International Business MachinesIBM 701 EDPM Computer|IBM enters into 'The History of Computers'.|
1954|John Backus & IBMFORTRAN Computer Programming Language|The first successful high level programming language.|
1955(In Use 1959)|Stanford Research Institute, Bank of America, and General ElectricERMA and MICR|The first bank industry computer - also MICR (magnetic ink character recognition) for reading checks.|
1958|Jack Kilby & Robert NoyceThe Integrated Circuit|Otherwise known as 'The Chip'|
1962|Steve Russell & MITSpacewar Computer...


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