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Chronicling Our Technological World

Explore CHM’s informative and engaging timelines to learn something new about key events, people, documents, and artifacts in the history of computing.

I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.

— Bill Gates, cofounder, Microsoft

Timeline of Computing History

Do you know where the term “bug” to describe a computer error comes from? It was coined by pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper in 1945 when an actual bug—a moth—got stuck between relay contacts of the Harvard Mark II computer.

This comprehensive chronology of technology and culture includes important people, inventions, and events of the computing revolution as well as untold stories and hidden histories.

Timeline of Computing History

The Silicon Engine

Why is Silicon Valley in California? In 1956, Bell Labs’ star scientist William Shockley left New Jersey and headed west to found his own company. His talented team soon deserted their mercurial boss to start Fairchild Semiconductor and its innovative silicon chips spawned a vibrant new industry.

From the first documented semiconductor effect in 1833 to the transition from transistors to integrated circuits in the 1960s and 70s, explore milestones in the development of the extraordinary silicon chips that power the information age.

The Silicon Engine

Internet History, 1962 to 1992

Trace the early history of our connected world in this timeline.

Internet History, 1962 to 1992

The Storage Engine

How many bits of data can fit into an area the size of a postage stamp with today’s magnetic storage techniques? More than 1 trillion.

From simple punched cards, to magnetic tape, CDs, and thumb drives to the all pervasive “cloud,” storage devices have evolved through a complex history of technological innovation and intense worldwide competition. Learn about important people, processes, and products in computer data storage.

The Storage Engine

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