Computer History - 1956
Major computer events in 1956
On 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.
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 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 Watson passes away June 19, 1956 (Age: 82)