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|Father of Computer : Charles Babbage|
|>> Charles Babbage (1791 – 1871)
>> Charles Babbage is also known as’ the First Computer Pioneer’.
>> Credit for developing ‘first mechanical computer’ goes to him.
>> Father of Computing, Charles is known for his detailed plans for Difference Engines and Analytical Engines.
|Father of Computer Mouse : Douglas Engelbart|
|>>Douglas Carl Engelbart (1925 – 2013)
>> In 1957, he joined SRI (now known as ARC : Augmentation Research Center ) where he developed NLS : ON Line System and Engelbart & his research team developed “Mouse”, “Bitmapped screen”, hypertext & precursors to GUI.
>> In 1967, Douglas Engelbart applied for the patent of computer Mouse and got that in 1970.
>> He registered patent for mouse but unfortunately never got royalties for his invention for which he is best known
|Founder of Keyboard : Herman Hollerith|
|>> Herman Hollerith (1860-1929)
>> He founded the first keypunch device i.e. mechanical tabulator which was based on Punched Cards and operated by keyboards.
>> He founded company “Tabulating Machine” in 1896 which was later merged to IBM : International Business Machine.
|Founder of Laser Printer : Gary Starkweather|
|>> Gary Keith Starkweather
>> He is the inventor of “Laser Printer” & “Color Management”.
>> Gary Starkweather founded Laser Printer at Xerox in the year 1969.
>> In 1997, he joined Microsoft Research and started work on Display technology.
|Fathers of Trackball : Tom Cranston and Fred Longstaff|
|>> Tom Cranston & Fred Longstaff invented Trackball in 1952.
>> This first trackball had was invented DATAR project of ‘Royal Canadian Navy’ with “Canadian five-pin bowling ball”.
>> The first trackball was invented 11 years before the first mouse invented.
|Founder of Light pen : Ben Gurley
|>> Ben Gurley (1926- 1963)
>> He is the inventor of light-pen.
>> He designed CRT : Cathode Ray Tube Display & Light Pen at the Lincon Labs in 1959.
>> After that he joined DEC : ‘Digital Equipment Corporation’ where Gurley designed the first computer of DEC named PDP-1.
|Father of Floppy Disk : Alan Shugart|
|>> Alan Field Shugart
>> He invented the Floppy Disk in 1970.
>> He started his career at IBM and worked there for 18 year and during that time he founded IBM’s RAMAC i.e, first disk drive.
>> In 1979, Shugart started with Seagate Technology (earlier name was Shugart Technology ) with Finis Conner. Later this company became the World’s largest manufacture for disk drives & other related components.
|Father of Typewriter : Christopher Sholes|
|>> Christopher Latham Sholes (1819 – 1890)
>> He is well known as the ‘father of typewriter’
>> He is the Inventor of the first typewriter and first ‘QWERTY’ keyboard.
>> Before Christopher, many had implemented this idea but he reinvented and launched first commercially successful typewriter.
|Founder of USB : Ajay Bhatt|
|>> Ajay Bhatt well known as Co-founder or Co-Inventor of the USB : Universal Serial Bus Device.
>> Mr. Bhatt is co-founded not only USB but also develped AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI Express, Platform Power management architecture (PPMA) etc.
>> Mr. Bhatt is also known as ‘Intel Rock Star‘. He is Intel Fellow, Chief Client Platform Architect of Intel Architecture Group.
|Founder of Flash Memory : Fujio Masuoka|
|>> Dr. Fujio Masuoka>> He is the inventor of Flash Memory.
>>In 1971, he joined the Toshiba where he invented Flash Memory.
>> In 1997, he was honored IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) award.
>> Currently he is working at Tohoku University.
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