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 the 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 Nov, 1934

Paul Otlet

The Belgian Paul Marie Ghislain Otlet (1868–1944) from Brussels was an author, entrepreneur, visionary, lawyer, and peace activist, and which most important for us—he is one of several people who have been considered the father of information science. Otlet started his work on how to collect and organize the world’s..Read More

15 Sep, 1935

Thomas Ross and Stevenson Smith

The brilliant electrochemical expert from the University of Washington, Thomas Ross, certainly was not the first and only man, who can be credited for creating a thinking machine. In fact, Ross got his original inspiration from the works of Clark Leonard Hull (1884-1952), an influential American psychologist, who studied logic..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

28 May, 1936

Alan Turing

Alan Mathison Turing (1912–1954) was an extremely gifted man, who was influential in the development of computer science and provided a formalization of the concept of the algorithm and computation with his famous Turing machine, playing a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. Turing discovered something that..Read More

14 Jun, 1936

Homer Dudley

Homer Walter Dudley (1896-1980), B.S. in electrical engineering, 1921, Pennsylvania State College; M.A. in mathematics, 1924, Columbia University, was a member of the research staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1921 to 1961. His work focused on improving the transmission of speech by wire, cable, and radio telephony systems. He..Read More

21 Dec, 1936

Alonzo Church

Alonzo Church (14 June 1903—11 August 1995) was an eminent US mathematician and logician with works of major importance in mathematical logic, recursion theory, and in theoretical computer science. He is best known for the lambda calculus, Church–Turing thesis, proving the undecidability of the Entscheidungsproblem, Frege–Church ontology, and the Church–Rosser..Read More

22 Apr, 1937

Howard Aiken

Sometime in 1936 or possibly in early 1937, the Harvard physician Howard Aiken started to make plans about an automatic calculation machine. The shift came about while he was doing research for his thesis. The subject of the thesis was space charge. Before long his thesis research came to consist..Read More

10 Aug, 1937

Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon is a famous American mathematician, electronic engineer, and geneticist sometimes titled the father of information theory. Claude Elwood Shannon (1916–2001) was an outstanding student, and after receiving in 1936 two bachelor’s degrees (one in electrical engineering and one in mathematics) at the University of Michigan, he began graduate..Read More

27 Feb, 1938

George Stibitz

On a late evening in November 1937, a research mathematician at the Bell Labs, George Stibitz, left his working place to go home, taking from the Bell stockroom two telephone relays, a couple of flashlight bulbs, a wire, and a dry cell. At home, Stibitz sat behind the kitchen table..Read More

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