This Day in History: November 16

Today: October 22, 2017
IBM System 360 Designer Amdahl Born
Gene Amdahl and the WISC, Wisconsin Integrally Synchronized Computer

November 16, 1922

IBM System 360 Designer Amdahl Born

IBM System/360 hardware designer Gene Amdahl is born in Flandreau, South Dakota. The System/360 marked IBM’s transition from discrete transistors to integrated circuits, as well as its move to a focus on electronic computer systems rather than punch card equipment. Amdahl went on from IBM to found his own company, Amdahl Computer Corp., which was very successful in making the first IBM-compatible mainframe systems.