Computer history - 1928

Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope

Computer and technology-related events in 1928

IBM redesigned the punch card to hold 80 columns, almost double the previous capacity. The patented new design featured rectangular holes and was called the "IBM card." The card was so popular that the name essentially became synonymous with punched cards.

Punch card

Western Union completed the transatlantic telegraph cable in 1928, which was a simplex communication method.

The IBM Type 4 Tabulator was introduced and was the first direct subtraction machine. Before the Type 4 Tabulator, bookkeepers had to add negative amounts as complementary figures. IBM's subtracting machine saved calculations and bookkeeping time.

The first public address and program signaling systems for schools (aka "Schoolmaster") were developed.

Computer companies and organizations founded in 1928

Motorola logo

The Galvin Manufacturing Corporation was established on September 25, 1928. The company would later be known as Motorola.

Computer pioneers born in 1928

Thomas Kurtz

Thomas Kurtz was born on February 22, 1928.

Seymour Papert was born on February 29, 1928.

John Nash was born on June 13, 1928.

Juris Hartmanis was born on July 5, 1928.

Bernard Galler was born on October 3, 1928.

Peter Naur was born on October 25, 1928.

Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928.

Joe Ossanna was born on December 10, 1928.

Jack Tramiel was born on December 13, 1928.

Martin Cooper was born on December 26, 1928.

Jean Sammet was born in 1928.

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