Browse Definitions:
Definition

Computer History Museum

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

The Computer History Museum is an institution dedicated to the preservation of artifacts and information related to the development of computers.

A brief history of the museum:
In the late 1960s, Gordon and Gwen Bell put together a collection of their own computing devices and displayed it in the lobby of the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Boston. The Bell’s collection first displayed as The Computer Museum (TCM) in 1984. The collection has been relocated and renamed several times over the years. The official name became the Computer History Museum (CHM) in 2000 and in 2003 the collection opened to the public in its current location, Mountain View, California.

Physical exhibits include:

Among the many exhibits available on the museum’s website:

  • The Silicon Engine: A timeline of semiconductors in computing history.
  • Computer History Timeline: Significant milestones 1939-1994.
  • The Babbage Engine: The story of the first computer pioneer.
  • Internet History: Major Milestones 1962-1992.
  • This Day in History: What happened in computer history on any given date.

 

See a brief video introduction to the Computer History Museum:

This was last updated in August 2012

Continue Reading About Computer History Museum

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • risk map (risk heat map)

    A risk map, also known as a risk heat map, is a data visualization tool for communicating specific risks an organization faces.

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

SearchSecurity

  • FIDO (Fast Identity Online)

    FIDO (Fast ID Online) is a set of technology-agnostic security specifications for strong authentication. FIDO is developed by the...

  • cryptanalysis

    Cryptanalysis is the study of ciphertext, ciphers and cryptosystems with the aim of understanding how they work and finding and ...

  • Trojan horse (computing)

    In computing, a Trojan horse is a program that appears harmless, but is, in fact, malicious.

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

  • cloud SLA (cloud service-level agreement)

    A cloud SLA (cloud service-level agreement) is an agreement between a cloud service provider and a customer that ensures a ...

  • wear leveling

    Wear leveling is a process that is designed to extend the life of solid-state storage devices.

  • storage area network (SAN)

    A storage area network (SAN) is a dedicated high-speed network or subnetwork that interconnects and presents shared pools of ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

Close