Computing Legend Gene Myron Amdahl
November 16, 1922 – November 10, 2015
Computer pioneer, CHM Fellow, and longtime supporter of the Computer History Museum, legendary computer architect Gene Amdhal passed away on November 10 in a Menlo Park, California nursing home. Dr. Amdahl was an early and dear friend of the Museum since the 1980s and was made a Museum Fellow in 1998 for his groundbreaking contributions to computer architecture and design, project management, and business leadership. We extend our deepest sympathies to Marian, his loving wife of 69 years, and the entire Amdahl family.READ MORE
The Analytical Engine: 28 Plans and Counting
December 10, 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Byron, later Countess of Lovelace, most famous for her 1843 description of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Beginning around 1822, English mathematician Charles Babbage designed a series of mechanical calculating machines, or as he called them Engines. Of these, the Analytical Engine is recognized today as an (unrealized) general-purpose digital computer. On the eve of the anniversary, Museum volunteer and Babbage expert, Tim Robinson, takes a look at the origins of some of the key ideas of the Analytical Engine.
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Gregg Zehr, president of Lab126, the Silicon Valley-based research and product development laboratory for Amazon, talks about his rural Midwestern upbringing, emergence into the tech world through companies like Apple and Palm, and the engineering of the original Amazon Kindle e-reader in his fascinating oral history.