History Assignment

A Computer was a person who did mathematical calculations for a living. They "computed" answers.

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  • The entire class will create a slideshow giving an overview of the history of computers.

  • You may work solo or with a partner.

  • You will be given a historical figure / group to research.

    • Create rough-notes & organize your thoughts. Create a plan for your slide(s).

    • Begin generating a rough-draft of your slide, ensuring you keep slides brief.

  • Your slide(s) must include the following (you may include more - more is almost never bad):

    • Name(s)

    • Years (born-dead)

    • Significance of this historical figure in terms of Computer Science

    • Photo(s) of them / their invention / the item (with credit or source)

    • Any great fact(s) or interesting information, side story, personal information...

    • Sources - put your sources on a slide (or more) after your slide(s) but before the next historical person.

  • Presentations will be given every Monday (@Mention Mondays) in the order of the slideshow

Historical Figures / Groups / Items

  • The Abacus

  • Blaise Pascal (The Pascaline)

  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

  • George Boole

  • Charles Babbage

  • Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (Ada Lovelace)

  • Herman Hollerith

  • Alan Turing

  • John Atanasoff & Clifford Berry


  • Kathleen Booth

  • Margaret Hamilton

  • Grace Murray Hopper

  • Ken Thomson and Dennis Ritchie

  • Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf

  • John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, William Shockley

  • Jack Kilby

  • Gary Kildall

  • Steve Wozniak

  • Bill Gates

  • James Gosling

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee

  • Linus Torvalds

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These are useful links, but please do your own research and find other / better sources.

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