Computer history - 1957

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1957

IBM logo

IBM announces it will no longer be using vacuum tubes and releases its first computer that had 2000 transistors.

IBM markets the first dot matrix printer.

Russell Kirsch in 2007. Photo: Jamie Francis for the Oregonian, https://expo.oregonlive.com/erry-2018/05/9e71d5e0cd475/creator_of_worlds_first_digita.html

The first optical scanner is created by engineer Russell Kirsch at the United States National Bureau of Standards. Pictured at right is Kirsch in 2007, holding a printout of the 176x176-pixel image of his infant son, sixty years later.

Other computer events in 1957

Russia launched the first artificial satellite, named Sputnik, on October 4, 1957.

The Russian satellite Sputnik runs out of batteries on October 26, 1957, and stops transmitting its steady beep.

In response to Sputnik, the United States creates the new agency ARPA.

Computer companies founded in 1957

Casio was established in 1957.

Digital Equipment Corporation was founded by Kenneth Olsen in 1957. The company will later become a major network computer manufacturer.

Fairchild Semiconductor was founded by Andy Grove, Eugene Kleiner, Gordon Moore, Jerry Sanders, Robert Noyce in 1957.

Computer pioneers born in 1957

Mark Hurd

Mark Hurd was born on January 1, 1957.

Mark Dean was born on March 2, 1957.

Steve Meretzky was born on May 1, 1957.

Jeff Hawkins was born on June 1, 1957.

Bruce Eckel was born on July 8, 1957.

Virginia Rometty was born on July 29, 1957.

Nathaniel Borenstein was born on September 23, 1957.

Eric Raymond was born on December 4, 1957.

David Warthen was born on December 10, 1957.

Barry Leiba was born in 1957.

Carl Sassenrath was born in 1957.

Fred Cohen was born in 1957.

Garrett Gruener was born in 1957.

Jakob Nielsen was born in 1957.

Steve Garfield was born in 1957.

Stuart Moulthrop was born in 1957.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1957

John von Neumann

John von Neumann passed away on February 8, 1957 (Age: 53).

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