There’s a lot of computer-related news in the air at the moment – some public, and some not so. You probably saw that yesterday’s Google Doodle was of computer pioneer Grace Hopper. United States Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper is well known as being a member of the team that created COBOL – one of the first modern programming languages. Hopper was born December 9th, 1906, and made considerable news in the computing world throughout her position as the Director of the Navy Programming Languages Group 1969-1977. Within her lifetime she contributed to the production of both COBOL and FORTRAN – both of which are still in use today.
A much lesser known fact is that on December 8th, 1943, a small secret team was working away at the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill, North London. The team, headed by Tommy Flowers were working on the Colossus machine – the machine that proved itself as the first truly electronic digital computer, and the machine that later went on to assist in the cryptanalysis of the German Lorenz cipher, which lead to the Allies gaining significant military intelligence in the final months of World War II when it was deployed with others at UK code breaking center Bletchley Park.
To mark the occasion, we have taken a look back over the history of computing over the past 70 years, looking at the trends and key dates of each decade since. We’ve presented the information as a timeline which you can view online from any Internet connected device, just click here https://www.akita.co.uk/computing-history/.
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