IntroductionComputing as we know it today is like many other major inventions in history in that it happened in fits and starts. But in many cases, there was no one pivotal moment that shaped history, no image for people to hold onto, such as when the Wright Brothers soared into the sky in the first successful airplane, or Neil Armstrong took a few steps on the moon. That isn't to say that the invention of the PC or the CD ROM or the World Wide Web weren't just as groundbreaking (if not more so), but it does mean that for many people, there are very few names to attach to these developments. Here we take a look at some of the lesser-known pioneers of computing and the stories behind the technology we use today.
If you're a history buff, you might also like The Pioneers of Computer Programming and The Pioneers of the World Wide Web.