Computer History - 1956

Updated: 05/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1956

Two IBM 305 RAMAC computersOn September 13, 1956 the IBM 305 RAMAC is the first computer to be shipped with a hard drive. The hard drive contained 50 24-inch platters and was capable of storing 5 million characters and weighed a ton.

Other computer events in 1956

John von Neumann is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Dwight Eisenhower on February 15, 1956.

Werner Buchholz coins the term Byte in 1956.

The TX-O (Transistorized Experimental computer) and first transistorized computer is demonstrated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Robert Adler of Zenith invents the first cordless TV remote control in 1956.

John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley are awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the transistor.

Wen Tsing Chow develops PROM.

New computer products and services introduced in 1956

The programming language FORTRAN is introduced to the public October 15, 1956.

Computer companies founded in 1956

Calcomp is founded.

Polyflon is founded.

Computer pioneers born in 1956

Guido van RossumGuido van Rossum is born January 31, 1956

Mark McCahill is born February 7, 1956

Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov is born on March 14, 1956

Steve Ballmer is born March 24, 1956

Jim Ellis is born May 6, 1956

Tim Paterson is born June 1, 1956

Drew Major is born June 17, 1956

Mark Crispin is born July 19, 1956

Meg Whitman is born August 4, 1956

Leo Laporte is born November 29, 1956

Steve Kirsch is born December 24, 1956

Brian Moriarty is born in 1956

Dov Moran is born in 1956

Computer pioneer deaths in 1956

Thomas WatsonThomas Watson passes away June 19, 1956 (Age: 82)

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