Computer History - 1946
Major computer events in 1946
The ENIAC is completed.
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 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 Baird passes away June 14, 1946 (Age: 57)