Computing LivesFrom the analytical engine to the supercomputer, from Pascal to von Neumann, from punched cards to CD-ROMs-the "Computing Lives" Podcast of selected articles from the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing cover the breadth of computer history. This Podcast series features scholarly accounts by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand stories by computer pioneers.

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The BINAC: A Case Study in the History of Technology

 

The BINAC, short for Binary Automatic Computer, was developed by John Presper Eckert, Jr. and John William Mauchly during the years 1947-1949 under a contract with the Northrop Aircraft Corporation.


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S.A. Lebedev and the Birth of Soviet Computing

 

The life and work of Sergei Alekseevich Lebedev, one of the world's pioneers in digital computing.


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Biographies: Konrad Zuse

 

Konrad Zuse, creator, in 1941, of the first fully automated, program-controlled, and freely programmable computer for binary floating-point calculations, and later, of the basic programming system, Plankalkül.


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Biographies: Gordon Earle Moore

 

Gordon Earle Moore, a chemist with a PhD from the California Institute of Technology, was a key figure in the development of the semiconductor industry and silicon integrated circuit technology.


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SuperPaint: An Early Frame Buffer Graphics System

 

The union of digital computing and video was made possible by high-density integrated memories in the early 1970s. This new technology led Xerox PARC researchers to develop SuperPaint, the most famous of the early pixel-based frame buffer systems and one that portended a significant part of the future of computer graphics in television by illustrating the Pioneer spacecraft missions to Venus and Saturn.


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