Computer History - 1955

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1955

MIT introduces the Whirlwind machine on March 8, 1955, a revolutionary computer that was the first digital computer with magnetic core RAM and real-time graphics.

Bell Labs introduces its first transistor computer. Transistors are faster, smaller, and create less heat than traditional vacuum tubs, making these computers more reliable and efficient.

Other computer events in 1955

Konrad Zuse completes the Z22, the seventh computer model and first computer that used magnetic storage memory.

Thomas Watson, IBM's president is featured on the front of Time Magazine March 28, 1955.

John McCarthy coins the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) in 1955 at Dartmouth College.

An Wang is issued U.S. patent #2,708,722 on May 17, 1955 for then invention of the magnetic "Pulse Transfer Controlling Device", which made magnetic core memory a reality.

The ENIAC is turned off for the last time. Its estimated to have done more arithmetic than the entire human race had done prior to 1945.

New computer products and services introduced in 1955

IBM introduces the first IBM 702.

Computer pioneers born in 1955

John GustafsonJohn Gustafson is born January 19, 1955

Toru Iwatani is born January 25, 1955

Vinod Khosla is born January 28, 1955

Steve Jobs is born February 24, 1955

Grady Booch is born February 27, 1955

Steve Gibson is born March 26, 1955

Eric Schmidt is born April 27, 1955

Dave Winer is born May 2, 1955

James Gosling is born May 19, 1955

Tim Bernes-Lee is born June 8, 1955

Dave Raggett is born June 8, 1955

Tim Bray is born June 21, 1955

Donna Dubinsky is born July 4, 1955

Thomas Lane is born September 18, 1955

Andreas (Andy) von Bechtolsheim is born September 30, 1955

William (Bill) H. Gates is born October 28, 1955

Ray Ozzie is born November 20, 1955

Carol Shaw is born in 1955

Lap Hui is born in 1955

Norman Margolus is born in 1955

Sandra Lerner is born in 1955

Tom Jennings is born in 1955

Computer pioneer deaths in 1955

Hubert BoothHubert Booth passes away January 14, 1955 (Age: 83)

Albert Einstein passes away on April 18, 1955 (Age: 76)

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