Articles in Remarkable People(45)

“Who named Silicon Valley?”

“Who named Silicon Valley?”

David Laws Jan 07, 2015
January 11, 2015 marks the 44th anniversary of the first known appearance in print of the name “Silicon Valley.” Read More
Who Invented the IC?

Who Invented the IC?

David Laws Aug 20, 2014
Christie’s auction sale notice of the only known phase-shift oscillator circuit built by Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby in private hands proclaimed him as the inventor “of the integrated circuit on a single chip.” While he played an important role in the development of the IC, Kilby’s 1958 prototype was but one of many attempts to build such a device that had been underway for several years. Read More
The 2014 Computer History Museum Fellows
Gary Kildall and the 40th Anniversary of the Birth of the PC Operating System

Gary Kildall and the 40th Anniversary of the Birth of the PC Operating System

David Laws Feb 26, 2014
Late one afternoon in the fall of 1974, in the sleepy California seaside town of Pacific Grove, programmer Gary Kildall and electronic engineer John Torode “retired for the evening to take on the simpler task of emptying a jug of not-so-good red wine … and speculating on the future of our new software tool”. Read More
Who Invented the Transistor?

Who Invented the Transistor?

David Laws Dec 04, 2013
Elizabethan philosopher, statesman, and scientist Sir Francis Bacon observed that “once the right path is followed, discoveries in limitless number will arise from the growing stock of knowledge.” This pattern was readily apparent in the history of the diode, it was repeated in the development of the next great leap forward in semiconductor devices: the transistor. Read More
Who Invented the Diode?

Who Invented the Diode?

David Laws Nov 06, 2013
The inventors of the transistor and the integrated circuit received Nobel Prizes. The engineering community marks anniversaries of their conception with conferences, banquets, and awards. Occasionally they are even celebrated in the popular media. So why has no one heard of the inventor of the diode? Read More
The 2013 Computer History Museum Fellows
Robert W. Taylor, 2013 CHM Fellow

Robert W. Taylor, 2013 CHM Fellow

Marc Weber Apr 23, 2013
Bob Taylor planned to be a Methodist minister, like his father. He ended up an evangelist for an idea that changed the world: easy-to-use computers that talk to each other. “I was never interested in the computer as a mathematical device, but as a communication device,” Taylor said. Read More
Ed Catmull, 2013 CHM Fellow

Ed Catmull, 2013 CHM Fellow

John Plutte Apr 17, 2013
In 2013, the Computer History Museum honored Ed Catmull as a CHM Fellow. Fellows are unique individuals who have made a major difference to computing and to the world around them. Read More
Harry Huskey, 2013 CHM Fellow

Harry Huskey, 2013 CHM Fellow

Dag Spicer Apr 02, 2013
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