Computer history - 1958

Updated: 02/04/2024 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1958

Integrated Circuit or IC

The integrated circuit developed by Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor and Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments was first demonstrated on September 12, 1958.

New computer products and services introduced in 1958

Control Data Corporation introduced the Seymour Cray's 1604 for $1.5 million, half the cost of the IBM computer.

NEC released its first computer, the NEAC 1101.

William Higinbotham created the first video game called: Tennis for Two.

ALGOL (algorithmic language) 58 was introduced in 1958.

John McCarthy introduced LISP (list processor) in 1958.

William Higinbotham credited with creating one of the first computer games, Tennis for Two (Like Pong). He created it on an Oscilloscope in 1958 to entertain visitors during visitor days at the national laboratory.

IBM introduced the 632 Electronic Typing Calculator for card output.

IBM introduced the 7070 intermediate data processing system.

IBM introduced the IBM 7090 high-capacity computer.

Computer and technology-related events in 1958

The Russian satellite Sputnik burned up as it reentered Earth's atmosphere on January 4, 1958.

The programming language FORTRAN (Formula Translation) II was created. Later, FORTRAN III was created but never released to the public.

The initial installation of SAGE, the first U.S. large-scale computer air defense network, was declared operational.

President Eisenhower's Christmas address was the first voice transmission from a satellite.

Dr. Leo Esaki, an IBM Fellow, discovered the phenomenon of electron tunneling. He'd later win a Nobel Prize for this discovery in 1973. His discovery of the semiconductor junction called the Esaki diode finds wide use in electronics applications. More importantly, his work in semiconductors lays a foundation for further exploration of the electronic transport of solids.

Computer companies and organizations founded in 1958

JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) was founded in 1958.

Keltec was founded in 1958.

GoldStar was founded in 1958. The company became LG Electronics.

Computer company events in 1958

Hewlett-Packard got into the plotter and printing business after making its first acquisition and acquiring FL Moseley Company in 1958.

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics was renamed to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1958.

IBM sold the Time Equipment Division to Simplex Time Recorder Co., exiting one of its original lines of business.

Computer pioneers born in 1958

Jeffrey Raikes

Jeffrey Raikes was born on May 29, 1958.

Mark Cuban was born on July 31, 1958.

Sergio Verdu was born on August 15, 1958.

Steve Case was born on August 21, 1958.

Martin Odersky was born on September 5, 1958.

Cher Wang was born on September 14, 1958.

Ursula Burns was born on September 20, 1958.

Neil deGrasse Tyson was born on October 5, 1958.

Michael Muuss was born on October 16, 1958.

Phil Farrand was born on November 5, 1958.

Don Libes was born in 1958.

Shafi Goldwasser was born in 1958.

Valerie Landau was born in 1958.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1958

Clair Lake

Clair Lake passed away in 1958 (Age: 70).

Henry Phillips passed away in 1958 (Age: 68).

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