Computer history - 1972

Updated: 05/03/2022 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1972

Intel 8008 microprocessor

Intel introduced the 8008 processor on April 1, 1972.

First public demo of ARPANET in 1972.

The compact disc is invented in the United States.

Other computer events in 1972

The floppy disk was patented by Ralph Flores and Herbert Thompson on June 6, 1972.

The floppy disk drive was patented by Warren Dalziel, Jay Nilson, and Donald Wartner on July 18, 1972.

Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs invents the C programming language.

Edsger Dijkstra is awarded the ACM Turing Award.

Norm Abramson' Alohanet connected to ARPANET: packet radio nets.

New computer products and services introduced in 1972

The first video game console called the Magnavox Odyssey was demonstrated on May 24, 1972, and later released by Magnavox and sold for $100.00 USD.

The first scientific pocket calculator the HP-35 is introduced.

The programming language FORTRAN 66 is created.

Whetstone was first released in November 1972.

Atari released Pong, the first commercial video game on November 29, 1972.

Computer companies founded in 1972

Roland was founded on April 18, 1972.

Atari was founded on June 28, 1972, by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.

Cray Research Inc. was founded in 1972.

Oki Data was founded in 1972.

SAP was founded in 1972.

Tatung Company of America, Inc. was founded in 1972.

Tweeter, owned by Tweeter Opco, was founded in 1972.

Digi-Key Electronics was founded in 1972.

Computer company events in 1972

Syzygy Engineering was renamed to Atari on June 27, 1972.

ARPA was renamed to DARPA in 1972.

Computer pioneers born in 1972

Hans Anvin

Hans Anvin was born on January 12, 1972.

Evan Williams was born on March 31, 1972.

Peter J. Bentley was born on May 16, 1972.

Max Vision was born on July 10, 1972.

Jon Radoff was born on September 17, 1972.

Erik Selberg was born in 1972.

Jim Hall was born in 1972.

Mark Abene was born in 1972.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1972

Fletcher Jones

Fletcher Jones passed away on November 7, 1972 (Age: 41).

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