# Computer history - 1600's

Updated: 11/04/2017 by Computer Hope

Year | Event |
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1600 | William Gilbert coins the term electricity from the Greek word elecktra. |

1600 | The Microsoft Windows Epoch time is set to start January 1, 1601. |

1605 | Francis Bacon devices the Baconian Cipher, a cipher that used A's and B's to encode messages. |

1613 | The word "computer" was first recorded as being used in 1613 and was originally used to describe a person who performed calculations or computations. The definition of a computer remained the same until the end of the 19th century when it began referring to a machine that performed calculations. |

1613 | Claude Perrault is born September 25, 1613. |

1614 | John Napier illustrates and puts forward the idea of Logarithms. |

1617 | John Napier introduced a system called "Napiers Bones," made from horn, bone or ivory the device allowed the capability of multiplying by adding numbers and dividing by subtracting. |

1617 | Tito Burattini is born March 8, 1617. |

1617 | John Napier passes away April 4, 1617 (Age: 66-67) |

1621 | The circular slide rule is invented by William Oughtred. |

1623 | Blaise Pascal is born June 19, 1623. |

1623 | The first known workable mechanical calculating machine is invented by Germanys Wilhelm Schickard. The machine is based on the idea of Napier's Bones, mentioned earlier. |

1625 | Samuel Morland is born in 1625 |

1626 | Francis Bacon passes away April 9, 1626 (Age: 65) |

1626 | Edmund Gunter passes away December 10, 1626 (Age: 45) |

1630 | Henry Briggs passes away January 26, 1630 (Age: 68) |

1630 | Johannes Kepler passes away November 15, 1630 (Age: 58) |

1632 | William Oughtred of Cambridge combines two Gunter rules to make a device that resembles today's slide rule. |

1635 | Robert Hooke is born July 28, 1635. |

1635 | Wilhelm Schickard passes away October 24, 1635 (Age: 43) |

1642 | Frances Blaise Pascal invents a machine, called the Pascaline, that can add, subtract, and carry between digits. |

1642 | Isaac Newton is born December 25, 1642. |

1646 | Gottfried Leibniz is born July 1, 1646. |

1650 | RenĂ© Descartes passes away February 11, 1650 (Age: 53) |

1662 | Blaise Pascal passes away August 19, 1662 (Age: 39) |

1671 | Gottfried Leibniz introduces the Step Reckoner, a device that can multiply, divide, and evaluate square roots. |

1679 | Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates binary arithmetic, a discovery that shows every number can be represented by 0 and 1 only. |

1681 | Tito Livio Burattini passes away November 17, 1681 (Age: 64) |

1688 | Claude Perrault passes away in 1688 (Age: 75) |

1695 | Samuel Morland passes away December 30, 1695 (Age: 70) |