Timeline of Computer History


This timeline explores the history of computing from 1939 to 1994. Each year features illustrated descriptions of significant innovations in hardware and software technology, as well as milestones in areas such as commercial applications and artificial intelligence. When appropriate, biographical sketches of the pioneers responsible for the advances are included.



Across the top of this and every timeline is a graphic with the years from 1939 to 1994 displayed as well as seven topical areas. Clicking on any of these will take you to a page of historic information containing photos and descriptive text for that year or topic.

The timeline can either be browsed using the links above (and appropriate Previous/Next and More links on each page) or searched for specific events.

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