Computer History - 1946

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1946

The ENIAC is completed.

ENIAC computer

Other computer events in 1946

On January 10, 1946 the US Army Signal Corps successfully receive an echo bounce from a radar signal sent to the moon. Code named Project Diana the event proved that radio waves can penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere.

Konrad Zuse writes the first algorithmic programming language called 'Plankalkül'.

Brooklyn New York's National Bank becomes the first bank to issue a credit card in 1946.

On October 24, 1946 the first black-and-white photo of earth was taken from a V-2 meinel at an altitude of 65 miles.

New computer products and services introduced in 1946

Jan Rajchman begins his work on developing the Selectron tube that was capable of storing 256 bits. Because of the popularity of magnetic core memory at the time, the Selectron tube was never put into mass production.

Freddie Williams applies for a patent on his cathode-ray tube (CRT) storing device on December 11, 1946. The device that later became known as the Williams tube or more appropriately the Williams-Kilburn tube. The tube stored only stored 128 40-bit words.

Computer companies founded in 1946

Sony is founded May 7, 1946.

Tektronix is founded

Computer pioneers born in 1946

James Thomas is born March 26, 1946

Robert MetcalfeRobert Metcalfe is born April 7, 1946

Manuel Fernandez is born April 22, 1946

Robert Stein is born April 20, 1946

Al Lowe is born July 24, 1946

N. R. Narayana Murthy is born August 20, 1946

Gordon Eubanks is born November 7, 1946

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao is born December 24, 1946

Carolyn Meinel is born in 1946

Victor Alhadeff is born in 1946

Computer pioneer deaths in 1946

John BairdJohn Baird passes away June 14, 1946 (Age: 57)

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