Computer history - 1948

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1948

SSEM (Small Scale Experimental Machine)

The world's first stored-program computer, the SSEM (Small Scale Experimental Machine), nicknamed the "Manchester Baby" is built by Tom Kilburn at the University of Manchester, England. Kilburn's first stored program, which calculated the largest factor of an integer by repeated subtraction, was successfully executed by the SSEM on June 21, 1948.

In 1948, Andrew Donald Booth creates magnetic drum memory, which is two inches long and two inches wide and capable of holding 10 bits per inch.

Other computer events in 1948

John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley patent the first transistor.

The 604 multiplying punch, based upon the vacuum tube technology, is produced by IBM.

The television begins to divert radio audiences.

New computer products and services introduced in 1948

IBM builds the SSEC (Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator). The computer contains 12,000 tubes.

Computer companies founded in 1948

ALPS was established on November 1, 1948.

Nakamichi was founded in 1948.

Computer pioneers born in 1948

Al Alcorn

Al Alcorn was born on January 1, 1948.

Raymond Kurzweil was born on February 12, 1948.

William Gibson was born on March 17, 1948.

Scott Fahlman was born on March 21, 1948.

Al Gore was born on March 31, 1948.

Lawrence Rowe was born on April 11, 1948.

Robert Tarjan was born on April 30, 1948.

Brian Eno was born on May 15, 1948.

Carol Bartz was born on August 29, 1948.

Mikhail Donskoy was born on September 9, 1948.

Charles Simonyi was born on September 10, 1948.

Gaston Gonnet was born on September 22, 1948.

Leonid Levin was born on November 2, 1948.

Paul Mockapetris was born on November 18, 1948.

Dale Heatherington was born in 1948.

John Sall was born in 1948.

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