Computer History

Events

Joseph Jacquard

1801

Joseph Jacquard invents a loom that uses punched wooden cards to automatically weave fabric designs

Charles Babbage

1822

English mathematician Charles Babbage conceives of a steam driven calculating machine that would be able to compute tables of numbers. However, the project was a failure.

Charles Babbage

1833

Charles Babbage invented all the parts are now used for a modern computer.

Konrad Zuse

1936

Konrad Zuse was the inventor of the first computer in the world

J.V. Atanasoff

1937

J.V. Atanasoff, a professor of physics and a mathematician, attempts to build the first computer without gears, cams, belts or shafts

Konrad Zuse

1939

Konrad Zuse created the Z2 as the first electro-mechanical computer in the world

Grace Hopper

1953

Grace Hopper develops the first computer language, which eventually became known as COBOL

Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce

1958

Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce unveil the integrated circuit, known as the computer chip

Floppy Disk

1971

Alan Shugart leads a team of IBM engineers who invest the "floppy disk", allowing data to be shared among computers

Robert Metcalf

1973

Robert Metcalf, develops Ethernet for connecting multiple computers and other hardware

Microsoft

1975

Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Its purpose was to develop and sell basic interpreters for the Altair 8800

Steve Jobs

1976

Steve Jobs starts Apple Computers. It is the first computer with a single circuit board

Gigabyte disk

1980

The first gigabyte disk was released to the world. It cost $40,00 and it weighed 550 pounds

Apple

2001

Apple unveils the Mac OS X operating system, which provides protected memory architecture

Apple

2006

Apple introduces the MacBook Pro, its first Intel based, dual core mobile computer, as well as an Intel based IMac

Apple

2007

The Iphone brings many computer functions to the smartphone

Apple

2015

Apple releases the Apple Watch