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Those first two seem pretty significant enough to get my vote to carry
the MCMI/1901 relationship
Some other Historical significance are engineers/scientists who were
born in 1901, there's plenty more of them
<>You can search for them here Today in Science History
Charles Draper, born 1901, developed the Apollo guidance computer.
In August 1961, NASA contracted the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory
(later called the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory) to develop the
Apollo guidance, navigation and control system. Eldon Hall (shown
above) was selected to lead the development team, and astronaut David
Scott was chosen as the interface between the designers and the users.
Arthur Lee Samuel, born in 1901 in Emporia, Kansas, died July
29, 1990, in Menlo Park, California. In 1946, Samuel became professor
of electrical engineering at the University of Illinois and
participated in designing one of the first electronic computers. There
he conceived the idea of a checkers program capable of beating the
world champion and demonstrating the power of electronic computers. (It
was never tested against the world champion, however.) Later, at IBM,
he completed the first checkers program-apparently the world's first
self-learning program-on the IBM 701. Just before the demonstration,
Thomas J. Watson Sr., IBM founder and president, remarked that the
demonstration would raise the price of IBM stock 15 points. He was
right. Samuel received an IEEE Computer Society Pioneer Award in 1987
for his work on adaptive non-numeric processing.
Allen Balcom DuMont was born on January 29, 1901. He was a
pioneer in the television business. DuMont was born in Brooklyn, but he
lived most of his life in New Jersey. As a young man, he was stricken
with polio; during his convalescence, he experimented with electronics
and built a radio transmitter and receiver. In the 1920s, after
studying electrical engineering, he took a job with a company that was
manufacturing cathode-ray tubes. (A "cathode ray" is a stream of
electrons. Basically, a cathode-ray tube is a glass tube that emits
electrons; when these electrons hit a screen coated with phosphor,
light is emitted.) It can be argued that DuMont built the first
practical cathode-ray tubes, since he improved their design and
durability, and made them much easier to assemble. He opened Allen B.
DuMont Laboratories in 1931 to manufacture his superior cathode-ray
tubes. Since cathode-ray tubes are a central component of television
technology, DuMont's company became the first manufacturer of home
television sets. Not only was DuMont involved in making TV hardware,
but he also got involved in TV "software": programming. He bought and
built several TV stations, beginning the world's first commercial
television network. Eventually, the DuMont network failed, due to
competition from TV networks funded by radio broadcasters like NBC and
CBS. (Most of the DuMont stations became part of Metromedia, eventually
becoming the core of the Fox TV network.) Despite the failure of his
network, DuMont was the first person to become a millionaire thanks to
television. He died in 1965
Ernst Weber was born 1901 in Vienna. He was an engineer who
helped develop radar. Weber was interested in both the practical and
theoretical aspects of science and technology, so while he studied
engineering at one university, he simultaneously studied physics at
another. He earned Ph.D. degrees in both fields. During the 1920s,
Weber worked as an electrical engineer for the Siemens company in
Austria and Germany, mostly trying to design industrial machines that
wasted less electricity. In 1930, he moved to the U.S. and began
lecturing and researching at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Weber became interested in microwaves -- electromagnetic waves with
very short wavelengths and high frequencies. Much of Weber's work in
the late 1930s was helpful to scientists trying to build a practical
radar system, since radar involves bouncing microwaves off an object to
detect its location. Dr. Weber worked on refining radar equipment
during World War II, when it was vital. He also started a company to
manufacture components needed for radar, and he obtained more than 30
patents related to microwaves. In 1945, he founded a microwave research
lab at the Polytechnic Institute. In 1957, he took over as president of
the Institute, which he led during a period of tremendous growth. He
remained active in his profession, too: Weber became the first
president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE) in 1963. He received various honors and was decorated by
presidents Truman and Reagan. Weber died in 1996 at the age of 94.
Enrico Fermi, Born 29 Sep 1901; died 29 Nov 1954
Italian-born American physicist who was one of the chief architects of
the nuclear age. He developed the mathematical statistics required to
clarify a large class of subatomic phenomena, discovered
neutron-induced radioactivity, and directed the first controlled chain
reaction involving nuclear fission.
Died 21 Jan 1901 (born 2 Aug 1835)
Ernest Lawrence, Born 8 Aug 1901; died 27 Aug 1958.
Ernest Orlando Lawrence was an American physicist, winner of the 1939
Nobel Prize for Physics for his invention of the cyclotron, the first
particle accelerator to achieve high energies.
Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, Died 16 Jan 1967 (born 20 Dec 1901)
American physicist and inventor of the Van de Graaff generator, a type
of high-voltage electrostatic generator that can be used as a particle
accelerator in atomic research. The potential differences achieved in
modern Van de Graaff generators can be up to 5 MV. It is a principle of
electric fields that charges on a surface can leap off at points where
the curvature is great, that is, where the radius is small. Thus, a
dome of great radius will inhibit the electric discharge and added
charge can reach a high voltage. This generator has been used in
medical (such as high-energy X-ray production) and industrial
applications (sterilization of food). In the 1950s, Van de Graaff
invented the insulating core transformer able to produce high voltage
Edward Thomas Copson, Born 21 Aug 1901; died 16 Feb 1980.
Scottish mathematician known for his contributions to analysis and
partial differential equations, especially as they apply to
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Well, the match is that 1901 implies
computers that aren't Y2K-compliant, and thus OLD.
LOL, anyway, I was thinking that we'd use
MCMI and the spelled-out version interchangeably, and tell the 1901
thing more as a joke whenever an interested party or reporter is near.
We can certainly explain that on our web site, too.
Until a 'killer' match for our MCMI's 1901 to another 1901 of
histotric value, maybe we shouldn't obsess about that number.
I find no matches yet. "1201" was the computer error code from
Apollo 11, "601" the error code from "Andromeda Strain", "801"
the project credited with the invention of RISC computing.... Nothing
Besides that would make for Three giant leaps of explanation.
What's 1901? It's MCMI.
So What's MCMI? It's MARCH Computer Museum...
What's a MARCH?...
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