Computer Milestones

  • Jan 5, 1001


    in 2000 B.C. Abacus first used for computations.
    I included this because it was the first of really anything mathematical.
  • First Calculator

    First Calculator
    Gottfried von Liebniz creates a more reliable adding machine that adds, subtracts, multiplies, divides, and calculates square roots.
    I included this because it was the true calculator.
  • Calculator

    The Arithmometer was the first mass-produced calculator invented by Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar.
    I included this because it was the major calculator produced.
  • Morse Code

    Morse Code
    Samuel Morse invented Morse Code.
    I included this because I thought it was important.
  • Remotes

    Remote control was invented by Nikola Tesla.
    I included this because it was the first sensor type thing.
  • First Digital Computer

    First Digital Computer
    John Atanasoff, with graduate student Clifford Berry, designs and builds the first electronic digital computer. His project was funded by a grant for 650$.
  • Program Storing

    Program Storing
    John von Neumann proposes that a program be stored in a computer in the same way that data are stored. His proposal, called the "von Neumann architecture," is the basis for modern computers.
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  • First Transistor

    First Transistor
    The first computer to use the transistor as a switching device, the IBM 7090, is introduced.
    I included this because it was the first transistor computer.
  • More Modern

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes the first standard for the C programming language.
  • Microsoft Surface

    Microsoft Surface
    An incredible computer without a mouse or keyboard used just like a normal computer.