Computer Timeline

Important events in history that have affected the computers of today.

  • 1812 – Charles Babbage began designing the “Difference Machine”, which is considered one of the first programmable computers.
  • 1820s – Charles Babbage completed his designs on the “Difference Machine”.
  • 1830s – Designs for the “Analytical Engine” were made by Charles Babbage.
  • 1839 – Photography was invented by Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox.
  • 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
  • 1895 – The movie projector was invented by the Lumiere brothers.
  • 1906 – The “Vacuum Tube”  was invented.
  • 1923 – The first television picture was transmitted by John Logie Baird.
  • 1945 – 1946 – The ENIAC was invented by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert. This was the first noteworthy modern computer.
  • 1947 – The transistor was invented by John Bardeen, William Shockley and Walter Brattain.
  • 1952 – The first mass produced computer was made and sold by the IBM Company.
  • 1952 – The first computer game was designed and created, “Tic-Tac-Toe” by A.S Douglas.
  • 1954 – The silicon transistor was created.
  • 1964 – Computer systems that use icons, windows and a mouse were designed by Douglas Engelbart.
  • 1971 – The microprocessor was invented by Ted Hoff.
  • 1976 – The first “Apple” computer was invented by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • 1976 – The first computer operated by computer disks was invented by Gary Kildall.
  • 1981 – The “Personal Computer” was released by the IBM Company.
  • 1983 – The “Apple Lisa” personal computer was released by the Apple Company.
  • 1985 – An outline of the Quantum Computer was published by David Deutsch.
  • 1989 – The “World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee.
  • 1995 – With the launch of the Amazon Bookstore online shopping became popular.
  • 2003 –  Electronic devices that could send emails, access the web and could receive phone calls became commercial.
  • 2008 More than 300,000 computers were shipped around the world.


This picture is an Intel Company oriented evolution of computers.

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21 thoughts on “Computer Timeline

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