Computer history - 1953

Updated: 07/13/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1953

The first memory chip to utilize wires, in the form of a grid, for addressing memory cores was invented by Jay Forrester in 1949. However, Forrester's electronic wire memory chip wasn't developed until around 1953.

Computer and technology-related events in 1953

The UNIVAC (Universal Automatic Computer) predicts the presidential election during a televised news broadcast.

The first plotter was invented by Remington-Rand.

A magnetic memory smaller and faster than existing vacuum tube memories was built at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

In July 1953, a core memory expansion was added to the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer).

The Colgate Comedy Hour on N.B.C. became the first TV show to broadcast in color on November 22, 1953.

IBM announced the IBM 650 Magnetic Drum Calculator, an intermediate sized electronic computer to handle widely diversified accounting and scientific computations. Nearly 2,000 of the 650 were sold by 1962, making it the most popular computer of the 1950s.

IBM announced its 702 computer for commercial use.

Computer companies and organizations founded in 1953

TEAC was formed on August 29, 1953.

Cherry was founded in 1953 by Walter Cherry.

Dr. Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon created the Harman Kardon company.

NXP Semiconductors was founded as a part of Philips in 1953.

Computer pioneers born in 1953

Paul Allen

Paul Allen was born on January 21, 1953.

Craig Reynolds was born on March 15, 1953.

Richard Stallman was born on March 16, 1953.

Andy Hertzfeld was born on April 6, 1953.

Bob Rosenschein was born on June 5, 1953.

Florian Brody was born on October 31, 1953.

Bob Bates was born on December 11, 1953.

David Crane was born in 1953.

David Deutsch was born in 1953.

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