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Important people in technology.

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Gabe Hampel

on 30 May 2014

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Charles Babbage, he first came up with the idea of a mechanical computer after seeing how numerical tables calculated by humans (called computers) had a high degree of error. He decided that by creating a device for the same job, the errors could be eliminated. The difference engine was born:a machine capable of calculating the values of polynomial functions automatically. Sadly, although the funding was in place, the difference engine was never completed.

Charles Babbage
Alan Turing, he was principally a mathematician, most famous for helping break the German's Enigma code during World War II at Bletchley Park. It was here, though, that Turing turned to computers to help break codes faster, saving millions of lives in the process and shortening the length of the war.

Alan Turing

Philip Don Estridge, known as Don Estridge, led the development of the IBM Personal Computer (PC), arguably the most important computer in the history of computers. It's the creation of this computer that's led to the types of computer that we have today.The IBM PC also opened up the door for Intel's and Microsoft's success. Without Don Estridge and IBM the world would be a very different place.

Philip Don Estridge

Tommy Flowers, Another member of the Bletchley Park World War II team, Tommy Flowers was instrumental in building the world's first electronic computer: Colossus. The principle purpose of the machine was to break the Lorenz Cipher, used by high-level Germans, including Adolf Hitler. After the war Flowers' achievements went largely overlooked until the '70s, due to the secret nature of the work. However, he continued to have a profound impact at the General Post Office, helping to design the all-electronic telephone exchange.

Tommy Flowers
Important people in technology.
By: Gabe Hampel

Douglas Engelbart, he might not be a name that's well known, but he was a pioneer in the development of the modern computer. While working at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), he created a research department with an agenda entitled Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. In other words, creating methods by which people would interact with computers. The research started here allowed Xerox to continue development and come up with the basis of the windowed-operating system that we all use today.

Douglas Engelbart
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, In 1976 Steve Jobs, along with Stephen Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple. Although the company had early success with the Apple and, in particular, Apple II computers, it was the original Macintosh (1984) that changed things: it was the first computer to have a graphical user interface and mouse rather than a command line interface.His influence outside of the computer industry has been immense, too, with his Pixar company (later acquired by Disney) kick-starting computer-generated films with the incredibly Toy Story.

Bill Gates, He's best known for Microsoft, Altough Microsoft didn’t invent DOS, the company has based its money off of it. exclusively licensing the OS and later buying it outright to service IBM’S PC. From DOS, Microsoft went on to create Windows - the most successful operating system ever, and used by the majority of people the world over. Gates is a key figure in the success of Microsoft - equal parts technology genius and business man, he's pushed, cajoled and basically dictated the computer market. While Microsoft. may have lost its way a little and missed out on repeating its success online, the company remains a powerful force.

Bill Gates
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