Computer History - 1973

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1973

Martin CooperThe first computer monitor is released as part of the Xerox Alto computer system.

Dr. Martin Cooper makes the first handheld cellular phone call to Dr. Joel S. Engel April 3, 1973.

Robert Metcalfe creates the Ethernet at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) on May 22, 1973.

Other computer events in 1973

The architecture used with the CP/M operating system becomes the standard for the next eight years until MS-DOS is introduced.

Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn design TCP during 1973 and later publish it with the help of Yogen Dalal and Carl Sunshine in December of 1974 in RFC 675.

ARPA deploys SATNET the first international connection.

The first VoIP call is made.

The first Landsat satellite is launched July 23, 1973.

U.S. patent 3,906,166 is filed October 17, 1973 for a radio telephone system, which helps paves the way for what we know today as a cell phone.

Engineers Frank Beck and Bent Stumpe at CERN developed the first transparent touchscreen.

Judge awards John Vincent Atanasoff as the inventor of the first electronic digital computer on October 19, 1973.

New computer products and services introduced in 1973

IBM introduces its 3660 Supermarket System, which uses a laser to read grocery prices and UPC bar codes.

Interactive laser discs make their debut.

Computer companies founded in 1973

Dynalink is founded.

The ICCP is founded.

Pioneer is founded.

Computer pioneers born in 1973

Martha FoxMartha Fox is born February 10, 1973

Larry page is born March 26, 1973

Gary Wang is born May 8, 1973

Rahul Sood is born May 29, 1973

Chris Pirillo is born July 26, 1973

Sergey Brin is born August 21, 1973

Jason Shellen is born August 30, 1973

Tony Hsieh is born December 12, 1973

Computer pioneer deaths in 1973

Howard AikenHoward H. Aiken passes away March 14, 1973 (Age: 73)

Alexey Andreevich Lyapunov passes away in 1973

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