Get a curated tour of CHM’s extensive media holdings. Hear early lectures and talks given by
computing pioneers like Konrad Zuse and Harry Huskey and interviews with some of technology's most
influential and creative people like Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull and Cisco cofounder Sandra Lerner.
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In this 1991 lecture by Thinking Machines cofounder Danny Hillis, he describes the development path for the Connection Machine series of supercomputers and the design considerations for the Connection Machine 5.
Computer programmer and Grolier Award–winning poet Grace Morton presents a talk and demo on computer poetry from 1983. Morton uses a TRS-80 computer to create poetry with participation from the audience.
In part two of his 1988 lecture “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?,” Seymour Cray continues his talk on the use of gallium arsenide in his Cray-3 and Cray-4 supercomputer designs and how the compound could change the course of computer design.
In part one of his 1988 lecture “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?,” Seymour Cray talks about the use of gallium arsenide in his Cray-3 and Cray-4 supercomputer designs and how the compound could change the course of computer design.
Grammy-nominated musician, composer, and sound designer Suzanne Ciani discusses her work with the Buchla synthesizers, designing audio logos for various companies, and how she carved a place for herself in the early days of American electronic music.
In his 2012 oral history, engineer and Atari cofounder Samuel F. “Ted” Dabney discusses his work with Nolan Bushnell and the early days of Atari, including the development of the arcade game Pong. Dabney passed away on May 26, 2018.
In part two of two, Berezin discusses the challenges of being a woman systems designer in the male-dominated world of the 1960s, as well as her work designing a digital computer for a horse-racing track.
Curator Hansen Hsu explores the software development kit that almost wasn’t and the choices that enabled Apple’s App Store, with original iPhone engineers Nitin Ganatra, Andy Gringion, and Richard Williamson.
In 1962 Evelyn Berezin built a reservations system for United Airlines, one of the largest computer systems built at the time. In 1969 she founded Redactron, a new maker of word processors. Part one of two focuses on Berezin’s education and early work.
This episode captures part two of mathematics professor Henry Tropp’s talk at the first West Coast Computer Faire in 1977 and covers the developments in the late 1940s in the UK and the US and the ties between computer designers.
This episode captures part one of mathematics professor Henry Tropp’s talk at the first West Coast Computer Faire in 1977 and covers the origins of digital computing through 1947 and the ways it paralleled the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s.
Richard Shoup (1943−2015) developed the early graphics system, SuperPaint. The system created graphics for NASA's Pioneer Venus program and children's television programs on San Francisco's KQED. This lecture by Shoup was recorded in January 2000.
In the debut of From the Archives, we hear Computer History Museum Fellow Harry Huskey (1916-2017) in a rare 1976 recording discussing his work on early computers, including designing the Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC).