Computer History on 10th February


Everyday of the year is filled with one of the greatest events in Computer History. 10th February is one such that and lead to the development of the current state of computing. You should feel lucky to witness this day.

Major events in Computer History that took place on 10th February are:

  • 1996: Deep Blue beats Garry Kasparov in Chess
  • 1966: Gary McKinnon was born (most wanted hacker)
  • 1941: David Lorge Parnas was born (OOP)
  • 1936: Abraham Lempel was born (compression algorithms)
  • 1902: Walter Brattain (inventor of transistor) was born
  • 1883: Edith Clarke was born

To understand the significance of the above events, read on:

1996: Deep Blue beats Garry Kasparov in Chess

This is a major event in Computer History as for the first time ever, a computer program could defeat the best Human player (at that time) in a competitive game like Chess. It was the starting of a new area where computers are more powerful than Humans in specific tasks.

Following this, several improvement to it has been done and simple solutions came for other games like Go.

This event took place on 10th February 1996 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The machine was IBM's supercomputer named Deep Blue.

Though Garry Kasparov won the match on 10th February 1996, in the rematch in 1997, he lost and thus, resulting in Deep Blue winning and setting record in history.

Date Garry score Computer score
10th February 1996 4 2
11th May 1997 2.5 3.5

A documentary movie named "The Man vs. The Machine" has been directed based on this event.

1966: Gary McKinnon was born (most wanted hacker)

Gary McKinnon was born on 10th February 1966. In 2002, he was accused of biggest military computer hack of all time.

He hacked into 97 United States military and NASA computers from February 2001 to March 2002 and he claimed that he was looking for evidence of free energy sources and UFO activity.

This is an interesting story as he managed to access such high security computers for over 12 months without being caught and this is being regarded as one of the bigest hacks till date.

1941: David Lorge Parnas was born (OOP)

David Lorge Parnas was born on 10th February 1941 and was a computer scientist. He is known for Information hiding which is a fundamental concept in Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and strongly supported "precise documentation".

He is a central pillar in OOP and has won several awards like:

  • ACM Best Paper Award in 1979
  • 2 Most Influential Paper awards International Conference on Software Engineering in 1991 and 1995

and many more.

He has been associated with several Universities like University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carnegie Mellon University.

1936: Abraham Lempel was born (compression algorithms)

Abraham Lempel is a Computer Scientist who was born on 10th February 1936 and is known as the Father of LZ family of lossless data compression algorithms.

He is known for two significant compression algorithms like: LZ77 and LZ78

In addition to his contributions, he founded HP Labs in Israel in 1997 and was a director till 2007. He won several awards as well like 1998 Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from IEEE.

1902: Walter Brattain (inventor of transistor) was born

Walter Brattain was born on 10th February 1902 and was a Physicist employed at Bell Labs. He is known for inventing Point contact transistor and was awarded Nobel Prize for this in 1956.

As we know transistor happens to be the fundamental part of early computers and hence, without Walter's contributions we cannot realized modern day computing devices.

He made a contribution that made computing devices a reality.

1883: Edith Clarke was born

Edith Clarke was a computer scientist and was born on 10th February 1883. She is known as the inventor of automotive ignition transistor which is a fundamental part of early mechnical devices and related to computing devices of the time as well.

She is primarily known to be the First woman to do a couple of things like:

  • Professionally employed as an Electrical Engineer in USA
  • professional standing in Tau Beta Pi
  • First woman Fellow of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers

and much more.

Later, in an interview, she said: "There is no demand for female engineers as such but there is a demand for good engineers".

These were a few events that took place on this day (10th February) and you should feel lucky to witness this day. If you are born today, that is perfect.

Ue Kiao

Ue Kiao

Ue Kiao is a Technical Author and Software Developer with B. Sc in Computer Science at National Taiwan University and PhD at Tokyo Institute of Technology | Researcher at TaoBao

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