History of computing

Peter Naur

On October 25, 1928 was born Peter Naur. He was a Danish computer science pioneer and Turing award winner. His last name is the “N” in the BNF notation (Backus–Naur form), used in the description of the syntax for most programming languages. He contributed to the creation of the ALGOL 60 programming language.

Bill Gates

On October 28th 1955 was born William Henry Gates III. He is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

ARPANET establishes 1st computer-to-computer link

On October 29, 1969 was established the first-ever computer-to-computer link.The first message on the ARPANET was sent by UCLA student programmer Charles S Kline at 10:30 pm on October 29, from the campus’ Boelter Hall to the Stanford Research Institute’s SDS 940 host computer. The message text was meant to be the word “login,” but only the L and O were transmitted before the system crashed. About an hour after the crash, the system was recovered and a full “login” message was sent as the second transmission.

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