Computer history - 1943

Updated: 12/31/2022 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1943

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first general-purpose electronic digital calculator, began to be constructed. This computer, by most, is considered to be the first electronic computer.

ENIAC computer

Computer and technology-related events in 1943

The Colossus, the first electric programmable computer developed by Tommy Flowers, was first demonstrated in December 1943.

Dan Noble with Motorola designed a "Walkie Talkie," the first portable FM (frequency modulation) two-way radio. The backpack version weighed 35-pounds.

IBM developed the Vacuum Tube Multiplier. This experimental machine was the first complete machine to perform arithmetic electronically, substituting vacuum tubes for electric relays. By adapting vacuum tubes, used primarily in the radio industry, to calculators, engineers could process information thousands of times faster than previously possible.

Computer companies and organizations founded in 1943

Hydro-Aire was founded in 1943.

Computer pioneers born in 1943

James Goodnight

James Goodnight was born on January 6, 1943.

Ken Thompson was born on February 4, 1943.

Nolan Bushnell was born on February 5, 1943.

Larry Constantine was born on February 14, 1943.

Charles Thacker was born on February 26, 1943.

Jef Raskin was born on March 9, 1943.

Peter Karmanos was born on March 11, 1943.

David S. Morse was born on April 15, 1943.

Fujio Masuoka was born on May 8, 1943.

Vint Cerf was born on June 23, 1943.

Bill Moggridge was born on June 25, 1943.

Masatoshi Shima was born on August 22, 1943.

Jonathan Postel was born on October 6, 1943.

Michael Stonebraker was born on October 11, 1943.

Peter Norton was born on November 14, 1943.

Nicholas Negroponte was born on December 1, 1943.

Butler Lampson was born on December 23, 1943.

Bill Gosper was born in 1943.

John Draper was born in 1943.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1943

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla passed away on January 7, 1943 (Age: 86).

David Hilbert passed away on February 14, 1943 (Age: 81).

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