Computer history - 1959

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1959

COBOL pinThe COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) programming language first appeared.

Other computer events in 1959

On January 2, 1959, Luna 1 was launched and later became the first artificial satellite to leave Earth's orbit and within 6,000km of the moon's surface.

The Luna 2 was launched on September 12, 1959, and became the first human-made object to land on the moon on September 14, 1959.

Leonard Kleinrock started developing packetization in 1959.

The Harvard-MARK I was turned off for the last time in 1959.

New computer products and services introduced in 1959

Motorola produces the two-way, fully transistorized mobile radio in 1959.

Computer companies founded in 1959

CSC was founded in 1959.

Hitachi was founded in 1959.

Kontron was founded in 1959.

Kyoto Ceramic Company was founded in 1959.

Microsemi was founded in 1959.

International Computers and Tabulators was formed in 1959 with the merger of the British Tabulating Machine Company and Powers-Samas.

Computer company events in 1959

The Underwood typewriter company was acquired by Olivetti in 1959.

Computer pioneers born in 1959

Danese CooperDanese Cooper was born on January 19, 1959.

Peter Molyneux was born on May 5, 1959.

Nathan Myhrvold was born on August 3, 1959.

Stephen Wolfram was born on August 29, 1959.

Ken McCarthy was born on September 20, 1959.

Richard Brodie was born on November 10, 1959.

David Culler was born on November 12, 1959.

Brian Fox was born on December 11, 1959.

Robert Gentleman was born in 1959.

Feng-hsiung Hsu was born in 1959.

Harald Alvestrand was born in 1959.

Jake Winebaum was born in 1959.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1959

Dudley BuckDudley Buck passed away on May 21, 1959 (Age: 32).

Louis Ridenour passed away on May 21, 1959 (Age: 47).

Edith Clarke passed away on October 29, 1959 (Age: 76).

Paul Galvin passed away on November 5, 1959 (Age: 64).

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