Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer — Complete Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Unlike his more famous friend, Steve Ballmer remained at University graduating magna cum laude in Mathematics and Economics. However, his stint at Stanford Business School was interrupted when Gates came calling. Ballmer was in charge of the team of developers creating an OS for IBM. In 1992, he also led the group which […]

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Bill Gates — Complete Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points As a child, he hoped to be a lawyer like his father, but however, became avidly interested in computers. He went to Harvard in 1973, but however, left following two years. In 1975, Microsoft was launched in partnership with Steven Ballmer whom he’d met at university. By the age of 31, he became […]

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Johann Conrad Gütle – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Johann Conrad Gütle was born on 25 March 1747, in Schwabach. He was self-taught in physics and mathematics. Gütle manufactured beauty and cleaning products and ran a mail-order business. He also published treatises on electricity, geometry, mathematical and physical instruments, and mechanics. He installed the first lightning conductors in Franconia and has been […]

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Reynold Johnson, Father of the Disk Drive

Reynold Johnson – Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Key Points Reynold Benjamin Johnson, the child of Swedish immigrants, was born on July 7, 1906, the ninth of ten children. Johnson was educated at Minnehaha Academy High School in Minneapolis, graduating in 1925. He went on to receive a degree in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1929. In 1934, he began […]

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Elizur Wright – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Elizur Wright was admitted to Yale in 1822. To support himself he tutored and waited tables. He also excelled at mathematics and Greek. In 1829, Wright moved to Hudson, Ohio to work as a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Western Reserve College where he would remain until 1833. Between 1853 -1858 […]

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Konrad Zuse – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Although Zuse was a talented artist, he opted for studying civil engineering at the Technical College (Technischen Hochschule) in Berlin-Charlottenburg. In 1935 following his graduation, he was employed as a design engineer at the Henschel Flugzeugwerke (Henschel aircraft factory) in Berlin-Schönefeld. However, he resigned a year later deciding to build a computer. In […]

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James White – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points James White displayed an aptitude for mechanics and engineering from an early age even making a clever mouse trap. In 1792 White modified the inclined disc treadmill-driven crane for wharves and was rewarded with a premium of 40 guineas or a gold medal by the Society of Arts. In 1808 he patented single […]

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Horace Hicks – Biography, History and Inventions

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Horace Hicks Key Points Hicks’ ancestors were the early settlers known as the Hicks brothers who emigrated to America in the seventeenth century. Horace Hicks was employed by Brown’s Lumber Company at Whitefield for 30 years. He obtained patents for a unique adding machine and a belt fastener. On 6 November 1894, Horace David Hicks, […]

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Alessandro Volta – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points In spite of his guardians envisaging the priesthood and the law as possible careers for him, Alessandro set his heart on the sciences. In 1777, he traveled to Switzerland and France on a scientific expedition. In 1778, Alessandro became the chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Pavia, a position he would […]

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Leonard Stowe

Leonard Stowe – Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Key Points At the age of 21, Leonard set off for New Zealand where he worked as the secretary to Thomas Carter, third Superintendent of the province of Marlborough. Leonard was also a key figure in New Zealand’s Parliament for more than 30 years. In 1880, he received a patent for Stowe’s Patent Calculating Machine […]

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Leonardo Torres y Quevedo – Biography, History and Inventions

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Leonardo Torres y Quevedo Leonardo Torres y Quevedo was born on 28 December, 1852, on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, in a stone house (see the lower photo) in Santa Cruz de Iguña, a small village at north of Spain, near Molledo (Cantabria), Santander. The house in Santa Cruz de Iguña, where Leonardo Torres […]

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Ramon Verea – Complete Biography, History and Inventions

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Who was Ramon Verea? Ramón Silvestre Verea Aguiar y García was a Spanish-born Hispanic inventor and author. Early Life Born December 11th, 1833, to Spanish parents Juan Verea Filloy and Florentina García de Porto, he grew up on the family farm in Esmorís, parish San Miguel de Curantes, Pontevedra. Although it has been restored throughout […]

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George Stibitz – Complete Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points George’s aptitude for science and engineering got him into Moraine Park, Dayton, an experimental high school established by Charles Kettering who invented the first automobile ignition system. Next, he attended Denison University, graduating in 1926. He then went on to earn his Master’s degree at Union College before earning his doctorate degree in […]

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Shohe Tanaka

Shohe Tanaka – Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Key Points: Tanaka was sent from Japan to Germany to study for three years, but he ended up staying for fifteen. Besides being an inventor, he studied theoretical music and physics. Tanaka focused on improving adding machines by creating a means for stopping them from exceeding the summation. Who was Shohe Tanaka Tanaka Shohe was […]

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Charles Stanhope – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points The only surviving heir of his parents, Charles Stanhope was educated at Leyden and Geneva where he learned French and Greek, and showed an avid interest in geometry, mechanics, and philosophy. An active member of the Royal Society, Stanhope wrote an essay on electricity and even invented three calculating machines. He was also […]

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Chaim Zelig Slonimski – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Born in Byelostok, in 1810, Chaim, came from a literary family. However, he displayed an aptitude for mathematics. His inventions include a chemical process for plating iron vessels with lead and an electrochemical device for sending quadruple telegrams. Slonimski wrote science books in Hebrew and published a popular science magazine, Ha-Zefirah, which continued […]

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Eduard Selling – Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Key Points Eduard Selling was an alumnus of both Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München. In 1860 Eduard Selling was appointed as an associate professor of mathematics at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg. He would hold the position for over 40 years. In 1886 Eduard Selling received a patent for his first variant of […]

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Abraham Jakub Stern – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Raised in Hrubieszów, Poland, in the mid-eighteenth century, Abraham showed an aptitude for mathematics, philosophy, and Hebrew. Thanks to a chance meeting with Stanisław Staszic, a Counselor of State, he was able to move to Warsaw. In the new city, Stern studied mathematics and mechanics as well as new languages, including French, German, […]

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Pehr George Scheutz, Inventor of the first working calculation engine

Pehr-Georg Scheutz – Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Key Points The only son of innkeepers, Scheutz showed an aptitude for language at an early age. He was also an alumnus of the University of Lund where he obtained a law degree in 1805.In 1825 he launched Sweden’s first technical journal which covered topics related to physics, chemistry, and technology. It was this journal […]

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James Ritty – Complete Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points James Ritty joined the Union Army in 1861 serving for three years before leaving to open a saloon. A chance trip to the engine room during a voyage inspired him to apply the principle of the propeller rotation tracking machine to his business. “Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier,” was created in 1879 and marketed to […]

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David Roth – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Although he was born in present-day Slovakia, David Roth would earn renown in his adoptive country, France. There he became a well-known physician who treated Chopin, Heine, and Rothschild, and also served as staff physician to the Austrian Embassy in Paris. He invented counting machines with which he experienced success before returning to […]

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Jean-Baptiste Schwilgue

Jean-Baptiste Schwilgue – Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Key Points As a young boy, Jean-Baptiste was very fond of gazing upon Strasbourg Cathedral’s astronomical clock which had been designed in 1570, and dreaming of restoring it to working order. Eventually, he moved to Alsace where he studied mathematics and became a watchmaker’s apprentice. In 1807, he was appointed as Sélestat’s clockmaker and verifier […]

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Wilhelm Schickard – Biography, History and Inventions

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Key Points Wilhelm was an alumnus of the Protestant Seminary Tübinger Stift at which he studied astronomy, languages, mathematics, and theology, receiving his degree in 1609. He would go on to receive his masters, and also work as a vicar. In 1619, he was appointed professor of Hebrew which he knew in addition to Syriac […]

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Charles Felton Pidgin – Biography, History and Inventions

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Charles Felton Pidgin Charles Felton Pidgin was born on 11 November, 1844, in a house in Felton place at Boston Highlands, Roxbury, Massachusetts, to Mary Elizabeth (Felton) Pidgin (born 1823) and Benjamin Gordon Pidgin (1820-1882). Charles had two younger sisters—Mary Felton (b. 1848) and Nancy, who died young. Benjamin Pidgin was a varnisher, while Mary […]

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