Articles in Remarkable People(45)

If Discrimination, Then Branch: Ann Hardy's Contributions to Computing

If Discrimination, Then Branch: Ann Hardy's Contributions to Computing

David Brock Mar 25, 2019
In the realm of software, a “branch” is a computer instruction that causes a shift from the default pattern of activity to a different sequence of actions, a different way of moving ahead if you will. For Ann Hardy, a pioneer in timesharing software and business, her contributions to computing were achieved through repeated, creative branching in the face of sexist discrimination. Read More
A Conversation with Artist & Musician Mark Mothersbaugh

A Conversation with Artist & Musician Mark Mothersbaugh

Chris Garcia Mar 11, 2019
DEVO has reunited a few times, but Mothersbaugh has kept working on his solo projects, including scoring films by Wes Anderson, like The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, as well as major blockbusters like The Lego Movie and Thor: Ragnorok. Even now, when he might compose a half-dozen scores in a year while still occasionally touring with DEVO, he is also creating unique art works, like his orchestrions, on exhibit in the CHM Learning Lab. Read More
Remembering CHM Fellow Evelyn Berezin

Remembering CHM Fellow Evelyn Berezin

CHM Editorial Team Dec 11, 2018
We salute 2015 CHM Fellow Award Honoree Evelyn Berezin for her early work in computer design and a lifetime of entrepreneurial activity. Read More
Net@50: Did Engelbart's “Mother of All Demos” Launch the Connected World?

Net@50: Did Engelbart's “Mother of All Demos” Launch the Connected World?

Marc Weber Dec 09, 2018
His goal was building systems to augment human intelligence. His group prototyped much of modern computing (and invented the mouse) along the way. Read More
Who Invented the Microprocessor?

Who Invented the Microprocessor?

David Laws Sep 20, 2018
The microprocessor is hailed as one of the most significant engineering milestones of all time. The lack of a generally agreed definition of the term has supported many claims to be the inventor of the microprocessor. This article describes a chronology of early approaches to integrating the primary building blocks of a computer on to fewer and fewer microelectronic chips, culminating in the concept of the microprocessor. Read More
Building the Cathedral of Technology: The Fellow Awards at the Computer History Museum

Building the Cathedral of Technology: The Fellow Awards at the Computer History Museum

Jennifer De La Cruz Apr 27, 2018
“How can you not be romantic about baseball?” Brad Pitt, playing longtime Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, asks that at the end of Moneyball—and I have a mentor who likes to remind me of it. In fact, most any problem I have, moments of self doubt, questions about strategy or direction, etc. are usually answered in one of two ways: 1) Jenny, what do you think, or 2) with a sports metaphor—and Beane’s quote is a favorite . . . for good reason. Stay with me. Read More
2018 Museum Fellow Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky: Silicon, Science, Memory & Survival

2018 Museum Fellow Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky: Silicon, Science, Memory & Survival

David Brock Apr 18, 2018
For the invention of the first commercial erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), which enabled rapid development of microprocessor-based Read More
2018 Museum Fellow Dame Stephanie Shirley
2018 Museum Fellow Guido van Rossum, Python Creator & Benevolent Dictator for Life

2018 Museum Fellow Guido van Rossum, Python Creator & Benevolent Dictator for Life

Hansen Hsu Apr 05, 2018
For the creation and evolution of the Python programming language and for leadership of its community. Read More
13 Sextillion & Counting: The Long & Winding Road to the Most Frequently Manufactured Human Artifact in History

13 Sextillion & Counting: The Long & Winding Road to the Most Frequently Manufactured Human Artifact in History

David Laws Apr 02, 2018
Scientists and engineers achieved the alchemist’s goal of turning low-value material into gold with the invention of the MOS (metal-oxide semiconductor) transistor. Read More
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