A Short History of Computing

The Abacus

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) Joseph Jacquard Charles Babbage [2] (1791-1871) Analytical Engine Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) Herman Hollerith John Atanasoff Konrad Zuse Howard Aiken Alan Turing (1912-1954) ENIAC [2] [3] [4] John von Neumann (1903-1957) [2] EDVAC First Generation Computers (mid 40s - late 50s) [2] [3] Transistors Integrated Circuits Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) High-Level Programming Languages Microprocessors MITS Altair 8800 Microcomputers The Internet and the World Wide Web The Future . . . ?

For Further Reading

The best available history of the personal computer revolution is
Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer (2nd Edition)
by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine