A to Z of Computer Scientists by Harry Henderson

By Harry Henderson

This complete A-to-Z biographical dictionary explores the various staff of inventors, scientists, marketers, and visionaries within the desktop technological know-how box. The state of the art, modern entries and data at the machine supply a glimpse into not just their force but additionally their demanding situations in making a new form of company and a brand new type of tradition.

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As he tried to keep up with calculations for a business simulation, using only pencil, paper and calculator, he decided that a computer should be able to do a better job. He invented a new kind of software—the electronic spreadsheet. (Photo by Louis Fabian Bachrach) began to imagine a sort of electronic blackboard that, when a formula was writter on it, would automatically apply it to all the numbers and calculate the results. ” Bricklin found that his fellow students and his professors were enthusiastic about the idea of making a “word processor” for numbers.

And became the assistant director of the National Science Foundation, in charge of government funding for research in computer science and technology. But while finding an increasing interest in exploring the future of computing, he also found himself wanting to be a steward of its past. He cofounded the Computer Museum in Boston, an organization dedicated to studying and displaying the history of computer development. ) Awards received by Bell include the National Medal of Technology (1991), fellowships in the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, and various medals from these and other organizations.

Although IBM would dominate the mainframe market, Burroughs became a respected competitor, the Avis to IBM’s Hertz. In 1986 the Burroughs and Sperry Corporations merged. In creating a reliable calculator, Burroughs helped offices become used to the idea of automation and thus helped pave the way for the computer revolution. Further Reading Charles Babbage Institute. ” Available on-line. cbi. htm. Updated on April 2, 2002. Morgan, B. The Evolution of the Adding Machine: The Story of Burroughs. London: Burroughs Machines, 1953.

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