About Us

The IT History Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of knowledge about the people, products, and companies that together comprise the field of computing.

Since 1978 our organization, and its hundreds of members, have worked toward this goal, and we invite you to contribute your own knowledge and memories on this website! (read more)

Are Americans in danger of losing their Internet?

It’s hard to imagine life without the Internet: no smart phones, tablets, PCs, Netflix, the kids without their games. Impossible, you say? Not really, because we have the Internet thanks to a series of conditions in the United States that made it possible to create it in the first place and that continue to influence its availability. There is no...

Tribute to radio and wireless transmission inventor Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, whose name Elon Musk chose for his electric car company, was on the cover of Time magazine in 1931 for his achievements. Unfortunately, he died a poor man in 1943 after years devoted to projects that did not receive adequate financing. Although the main Tesla lab building on Long Island, New York is being restored by a nonprofit...

Andy Grove, ex-Intel CEO & Silicon Valley icon, dies at 79

There are several excerpted articles and quotes from those that worked for or with Andy Grove at Intel: San Jose Mercury article by Steve Johnson (edited for clarity and conciseness by Alan J Weissberger): Andy Grove, the brilliant Hungarian-born former chief executive and chairman of chip-making colossus Intel, and one of Silicon Valley's most revered business leaders, died Monday at...

Amdahl Recollection

On 11/13/2015 the NY Times printed the obituary of Eugene Amdahl , which prompted this recollection of him. His revolutionary attack on IBM with plug-compatible high-end computers occurred at the time I was most involved in industry forecasting for AD Little. One result was a consulting assignment from Fujitsu of Japan, which was considering funding Amdahl. IBM had put all...

Excellent Flash Memory Summit (FMS) History session with Eli Harari

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, a FMS audience enjoyed a marvelous "conversation" between FMS Technical Chair Brian Berg and SanDisk founder Eli Harari. PhD. Eli's narrative was stimulated and augmented by very informative slides Brian created. Thanks also to Ken Pyle for video recording this special event. Eli traced his career from his days as a PhD student at Princeton...

Help on a History of IBM

Dear fellow members of ITHS, I am an historian, serve on the board of ITHS, and worked at IBM for 38 years. Some of you may have seen books I have written on the history of the IT industry over the years. I am now going to write a large, full history of IBM from the 1880s to the present...

April 23rd Stanford Hero Lecture + IEEE SV Tech History + 50th Anniversary of Moore's Law

1. April 23rd Stanford Engineering Hero Lecture: Marcian "Ted" Hoff, PhD IEEE SV Tech Committee officer responsible for Electronics You can attend in person or watch the live video stream - 7pm April 23rd: Stanford Engineering Hero Lecture: Marcian "Ted" Hoff ............................................. 2. Confirmed IEEE SV Tech History future committee meetings: April 28: How Did Hard Disk Drive Track Widths...

The SSEC First Electronic Machine on the Silver Screen

The IBM Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator (in use from 1948-1952) pioneered some features of the modern computer such as self-modifying instructions and stood on the indistinct dividing line between the modern computer and the calculating machines that came before. It was also a pioneer in another sphere, the movie business. In the 1952 spy thriller Walk East on Beacon the...

2014 Year End Review: IEEE Silicon Valley Tech History Committee

The IEEE SV Tech History committee fulfilled its mandate by holding four technical meetings in 2014. It was a close call as three of those meetings occured in the last three months of the year. Our committee’s charter is to have at least four technical meetings per year that will educate, inform and raise the level of awareness of technology...

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