Gordon C Bell born this day in 1906 #history #computing


Excerpt from The PC Pioneers

Gordon Bell was recruited from MIT’s Speech Computation Laboratory to design the input/output for the PDP-1.

In 1972 Bell described his ‘Law of Computer Classes’.  In essence he suggested that the increase in capability and decrease in price would mean that every decade computing would evolve a new class of computer.  And this proved to be the case

  • mainframes in the ‘50s and ‘60s
  • minicomputers in the ‘60s and ‘70s
  • networked workstations and PCs in the ‘80s
  • web-server browser PCs in the ‘90s
  • portable hand-held PCs in the mid ‘90s
  • web services and cellphone PCs in the 2000s
  • for the 2010s the new class was forecast to be home and body networks.

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