Computer history - 1973

Updated: 11/30/2020 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 1973

The first computer monitor was released on March 1, 1973, as part of the Xerox Alto computer system. The monitor used CRT technology and had a monochrome display.

Martin Cooper

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

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

Other computer events in 1973

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

The Winchester disk drive was released by IBM.

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

ARPA deployed SATNET the first international connection.

The first VoIP call was made in 1973.

The first Landsat satellite was launched on July 23, 1973.

U.S. patent 3,906,166 was filed on October 17, 1973, for a radio telephone system that helped pave the way for what we know today as a cell phone.

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

On October 19, 1973, Judge Earl R. Larson concluded the ENIAC patent by Eckert and Mauchly was invalid and named Atanasoff the inventor of the first electronic digital computer (ABC).

New computer products and services introduced in 1973

IBM introduced its 3660 Supermarket System, which used a laser to read grocery prices and UPC barcodes.

The IDMS (Integrated Database Management System) was first introduced.

Interactive laser discs made their debut.

Computer companies founded in 1973

Dynalink was founded in 1973.

The ICCP was founded in 1973.

Nidec was founded in 1973.

Pioneer was founded in 1973.

Computer pioneers born in 1973

Martha Fox

Martha Fox was born on February 10, 1973.

Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973.

Gary Wang was born on May 8, 1973.

Rahul Sood was born on May 29, 1973.

Chris Pirillo was born on July 26, 1973.

Sergey Brin was born on August 21, 1973.

Jason Shellen was born on August 30, 1973.

Tony Hsieh was born on December 12, 1973.

Computer pioneer deaths in 1973

Howard Aiken

Howard H. Aiken passed away on March 14, 1973 (Age: 73).

Alexey Andreevich Lyapunov passed away in 1973.

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