Computer History Timeline Mychael, Bruce

  • Period: Jan 1, 700 to

    Computer Timeline

  • Sep 13, 724

    Liang Ling-Can

    Liang Ling-Can
    Liang Ling-Can creates the first fully mechanical clock.
  • Sep 13, 1492

    Leanardo da Vinci

    Leanardo 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
    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
    William Oughtred develops slide rules
  • Wihelm Schickard

    Wihelm Schickard
    Calculating Clock: Invented by Wilhelm Schickard
  • Blaise Pascal

    Blaise Pascal
    Blaise Pascal: Blaise Pascal invents the the "Pascaline", a mechanical adding machine
  • Gottfried Leibniz

    Gottfried Leibniz
    Gottfried Leibniz is known as one of the founding fathers of calculus
  • Charles Xavier Thomas

    Charles Xavier Thomas
    1820 Arithmometer: The Arithmometer was the first mass-produced calculator invented by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar
  • Charles Babbage

    Charles Babbage
    1822 Charles Babbage: Charles Babbage designs his first mechanical computer
  • Charles Babbage

    Charles Babbage
    1834 Analytical Engine: The Analytical Engine was invented by Charles Babbage
  • Samuel Morse

    Samuel Morse
    1835 Morse code: Samuel Morse invents Morse code
  • George Boole

    George Boole
    1848 Boolean algebra: Boolean algebra is invented by George Boole
  • Per Gerorge Scheutz

    Per Gerorge Scheutz
    1853 Tabulating Machine: Per Georg Scheutz and his son Edvard invent the Tabulating Machine
  • Willaim Stanley Jevons

    Willaim Stanley Jevons
    1869 William Stanley Jevons: William Stanley Jevons designs a practical logic machine
  • Ramon Verea

    Ramon Verea
    1878 Ramon Verea: Ramon Verea invents a fast calculator with an internal multiplication table
  • Alexander Graham Bell

    Alexander Graham Bell
    1880 Alexander Graham Bell: Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone called the Photophone
  • Dorr E. Felt

    Dorr E. Felt
    1884 Comptometer: The Comptometer is an invention of Dorr E. Felt which is operated by pressing keys
  • Herman Hollerith

    Herman Hollerith
    1890 Herman Hollerith: Herman Hollerith invents a counting machine which increment mechanical counters
  • Gugliemo Marconi

    Gugliemo Marconi
    1895 Guglielmo Marconi: Radio signals were invented by Guglielmo Marconi
  • Herman Hollerith

    Herman Hollerith
    1896 Tabulating Machine Company: Herman Hollerith forms the Tabulating Machine Company which later becomes IBM
  • Nikola Tesla

    Nikola Tesla
    1898 Nikola Tesla: Remote control was invented by Nikola Tesla
  • Lee De Forest

    1906 Lee De Forest: Lee De Forest invents the electronic tube
  • IBM

    1911 IBM: IBM is formed on June 15, 1911
  • Philo Farnsworth

    1923 Philo Farnsworth: Television Electronic was invented by Philo Farnsworth
  • John Logie Baird

    1924 John Logie Baird: Electro Mechanical television system was invented by John Logie Baird
  • Walther Bothe

    Walther Bothe: Walther Bothe develops the logic gate
  • Vannevar Bush

    1930 Vannevar Bush: Vannevar Bush develops a partly electronic Difference Engine
  • Kurt Godel

    1931 Kurt Godel: Kurt Godel publishes a paper on the use of a universal formal language
  • Alan Turing

    1937 Alan Turing: Alan Turing develops the concept of a theoretical computing machine
  • Konrad Zuse

    1938 Konrad Zuse: Konrad Zuse creates the Z1 Computer a binary digital computer using punch tape
  • George Stibitz

    1939 George Stibitz: George Stibitz develops the Complex Number Calculator - a foundation for digital computers
  • William Hewlett Packard

    Hewlett Packard: William Hewlett and David Packard start Hewlett Packard
  • John Vincent Atansoff

    John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry: John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry develop the ABC (Atanasoft-Berry Computer) prototype
  • Adolf Hitler

    1943 Enigma: Adolf Hitler uses the Enigma encryption machine
  • Alan Turing

    Colossus: Alan Turing develops the the code-breaking machine Colossus
  • Howard Aiken & Grace Hopper

    1944 Howard Aiken & Grace Hopper: Howard Aiken and Grace Hopper designed the MARK series of computers at Harvard University
  • John Presper

    1945 ENIAC: John Presper Eckert & John W. Mauchly: John Presper Eckert & John W. Mauchly develop the ENIAC ( Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer)
  • Grace Hopper

    Computer Bug: The term computer ‘bug’ as computer bug was first used by Grace Hopper
  • F. C. Willaims

    1946 F.C. Williams: F.C. Williams develops his cathode-ray tube (CRT) storing device the forerunner to random-access memory (RAM)
  • Donald Watts Davies

    1947 Pilot ACE: Donald Watts Davies joins Alan Turing to build the fastest digital computer in England at the time, the Pilot ACE
  • Willaim Shockley

    William Shockley: William Shockley invents the transistor at Bell Labs
  • Douglas Engelbart

    Douglas Engelbart: Douglas Engelbart theorises on interactive computing with keyboard and screen display instead of on punchcards
  • Andrew Donald Booth

    1948 Andrew Donald Booth: Andrew Donald Booth invents magnetic drum memory
  • Frederic Calland Williams

    Frederic Calland Williams & Tom Kilburn: Frederic Calland Williams & Tom Kilburn develop the SSEM "Small Scale Experimental Machine" digital CRT storage which was soon nicknamed the "Baby"
  • Claude Shannon

    1949 Claude Shannon: Claude Shannon builds the first machine that plays ches s
  • Howard Aiken

    Howard Aiken: Howard Aiken develops the Harvard-MARK III
  • Hideo Yamachito

    1950 Hideo Yamachito: The first electronic computer is created in Japan by Hideo Yamachito.
  • Alan Turing

    Alan Turing: Alan Turing publishes his paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence which helps create the Turing Test.
  • T. Raymond Thompson

    1951 LEO: T. Raymond Thompson and John Simmons develop the first business computer, the Lyons Electronic Office (LEO) at Lyons Co.

    UNIVAC: UNIVAC I (UNIVersal Automatic Computer I) was introduced - the first commercial computer made in the United States and designed principally by John Presper Eckert & John W. Mauchly

    EDVAC: The EDVAC (Electronic Discrete Variable Automatic Computer) begins performing basic tasks. Unlike the ENIAC, it was binary rather than decimal
  • The IBM

    1953 The IBM 701 becomes available and a total of 19 are sold to the scientific community.
  • John Backus

    1954 John Backus & IBM: John Backus & IBM develop the FORTRAN Computer Programming Language
  • Bell Labs

    1955 Bell Labs introduces its first transistor computer.
  • Wilbur Peters

    1956 Optical fiber was invented by Basil Hirschowitz, C. Wilbur Peters, and Lawrence E. Curtiss
  • Sputnik I

    1957 Sputnik I and Sputnik II: Sputnik I and Sputnik II are launched by the Russians
  • ARPA

    1958 ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) and NASA is formed
  • Silicon chip

    Silicon chip: The first integrated circuit, or silicon chip, is produced by the US Jack Kilby & Robert Noyce
  • Paul Baran

    1959 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
  • Gemeral Motors

    1961 Unimate: General Motors puts the first industrial robot, Unimate, to work in a New Jersey factory
  • First computer game

    1962 The first computer game: The first computer game Spacewar Computer Game invented BY Steve Russell & MIT
  • Douglas Engelbart

    1963 The Computer Mouse: Douglas Engelbart invents and patents the first computer mouse (nicknamed the mouse because the tail came out the end)

    The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) is developed to standardize data exchange among computers.
  • Word Processor

    1964 Word processor: IBM introduces the first word processor

    BASIC: John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz develop Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Language (BASIC)
  • Hypertext

    1965 Hypertext: Andries van Dam and Ted Nelson coin the term "hypertext"
  • Floppy Disk

    1967 Floppy Disk: IBM creates the first floppy disk
  • Seymour Cray

    1969 Seymour Cray: Seymour Cray develops the CDC 7600, the first supercomputer
  • E-mail

    1971 E-mail: E-mail was invented by Ray Tomlinson