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Portraits in silicon

Author: Robert Slater
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Short biographies of: Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Claude Shannon, Konrad Zuse, John V. Atanasoff, John V. Mauchly, J. Presper Eckert, Howard Aiken, Jay W. Forrester, Thomas J. Watson, Sr., William Norris, H. Ross Perot, William Shockley, Robert Noyce, Jack Kilby, Marcian E. (Ted) Hoff, Gene Amdahl, Seymour Cray, Gordon Bell, Grace Murray Hopper, John Backus, John Kemeny, Thomas Kurtz, Gary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Slater
ISBN: 0262192624 9780262192620
OCLC Number: 15630421
Description: xiv, 374 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The Conceptualizers --
Charles Babbage: Grandfather of the Computer Pioneers --
Alan Turing: Can a Machine Be Made to Think? --
John von Neumann: A Name Synonymous with Computers --
Claude Shannon: Of Boolean Logic, Mice, Juggling, and Unicycles --
The Early Inventors --
Konrad Zuse: A Little-Known Computer Builder --
John V. Atanasoff: The Inventor of the Digital Computer-According to the Law! --
John V. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert: The Men Who Built ENIAC --
Howard Aiken: Builder of the First American Electronic Brain --
Jay W. Forrester: The Core Memory Man --
The Early Entrepreneurs --
Thomas J. Watson, Sr.: Founder of IBM --
William Norris: Founder of Data Control Corporation --
H. Ross Perot: Computerizing the World --
Making the Computer Smaller and More Powerful --
William Shockley: Co-Inventor of the Transistor --
Robert Noyce: The Mayor of Silicon Valley --
Jack Kilby: Co-Inventor of the Integrated Circuit --
Marcian E. (Ted) Hoff: Inventor of the "Computer on a Chip" --
The Hardware Designers --
Gene Amdahl: Mainframe Designer Par Excellence --
Seymour Cray: The Hermit of Cippewa Falls and His "Simple, Dumb Things" --
Gordon Bell: Launching the Age of the Minicomputer --
The Software Specialists --
Grace Murray Hopper: Bugs, Compilers, and COBOL --
John Backus: The Man Who Invented FORTRAN --
John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz: Handling the Computer-BASICally --
Gary Kildall: Making It Easier to Use a Computer-with CP/M --
William Gates: Engine of the Small Computer Revolution --
Dennis Ritchie and Kenneth Thompson: Creators of UNIX --
Daniel Bricklin: The Spreadsheet Pioneer Who Invented VisiCalc --
Bringing the Computer to the Masses --
Nolan Bushnell: Captain Pong, Leader of the Video Game Revolution --
Steven Jobs: Cofounder of Apple --
Adam Osborne: He Made the Computer Portable --
William Millard: The Man Who Build ComputerLand --
Computer Science Pioneer --
Donald Knuth: The Preeminent Scholar of Computer Science.
Responsibility: Robert Slater.
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