05 Jul, 1907

William Cordingley

In the beginning of 20th century, the Englishman William George Cordingley, a merchant and author of several books for commerce, stock exchange, and business tables and calculations from the end of 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, devised a simple adding machine, which he patented in 1907 (British patent №190715435..Read More

03 Dec, 1907

Roberto Piscicelli

The Italian civil engineer from Naples Count Roberto Piscicelli (1863-1926) was a prolific inventor with 34 patents to his name, which he received in Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and USA in the beginning of 20th century for railway-ticketing machines (machine for printing and issuing railway-tickets,..Read More

10 Mar, 1908

William Quentell

William Prehn Quentell (1861-1932) was a prolific inventor, a holder of at least 33 US patents (as well as many patents in Canada, Germany, France, and Great Britain), stretching over more than 40 years (the last was granted in 1931, the year before he died). His first patent (and most..Read More

23 Feb, 1909

Percy Ludgate

The modest Irish accountant Percy Ludgate (1883-1922) is a very interesting figure in the world of calculating machines. Starting some time about 1903 to work on his hobby (calculating machines) nightly, until the small hours, and initially completely independently from great Charles Babbage, he managed to design an extremely interesting..Read More

01 Apr, 1909

James Bassett

In 1909 the young inventor James Hunter Bassett (1888–1932) from Chicago, Illinois, started the production of adding device, quite similar in construction to the earlier Ribbon Adder of Charles Webb. In contrast with Ribbon Adder however, the device of Bassett (called Bassett Adder) had much better market success (at the..Read More

30 May, 1928

Gustav Tauschek

Gustav Tauschek (1899-1945) was a genius self-taught Viennese engineer, with more than 100 patents in Austria, Germany, USA and France, mainly in the computing field (from 1922 to 1945) to his credit, who used to work for IBM and who besides the first OCR device, invented also many devices and systems..Read More

16 Jun, 1932

Reynold Johnson

Reynold B. Johnson (1906–1998) was a remarkable American inventor, one of the IBM company’s most prolific inventors, specializing in electromechanical devices. He was an owner of more than 90 patents, and is said to be the “father” of the hard disk drive, automatic test scoring equipment, microphonograph technology, a type..Read More

01 Apr, 1936

Vladimir Lukianov

Vladimir Sergeevich Lukianov (Владимир Сергеевич Лукьянов) was born in Moscow, Russian Empire, on 17 March 1902, in the family of an insurance agent. In 1919 he graduated from a Moscow classical high school and entered the building department of the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering. He graduated in 1925..Read More

01 Jul, 1938

Louis Couffignal

The French Mathematician and Cybernetics pioneer Louis Pierre Couffignal (1902-1966) was a pupil of the prominent French mathematician and engineer Philbert Maurice d’Ocagne (1862-1938), who instilled him with his own passion for calculating machines. ouis Couffignal published several articles and sent several notes to the French Academy of Science regarding..Read More

14 Apr, 1939

Jorge Luis Borges

In 1939 the famous Argentine writer and librarian Jorge Luis Borges published in Buenos Aires an essay entitled La bibliotheca total (The Total Library), describing his fantasy of an all-encompassing archive or universal library. A universal library is supposed to contain all existing information, all books, all works (regardless of..Read More

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