William Seward Burroughs . Profile of Historical Figure In Technology By: Sheryl Myrieckes Dr. Craig Cunningham NLU – TIE 532. William Seward Burroughs - Inventor. Biography. Born January 28, 1855 in Auburn, New York Died September 14, 1898 in Citronelle, Alabama
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Profile of Historical Figure
By: Sheryl Myrieckes
Dr. Craig Cunningham
NLU – TIE 532
Born January 28, 1855 in
Auburn, New York
Died September 14, 1898 in
Buried Bellefontaine Cemetery in
St. Louis, Missouri
American Inventor of the
The beginning of office automation
Patent - First Calculating Machine in 1885-1888
Patent – Practical Commercial Model in 1892
American Inventor of the
Burroughs founded the American Arithmometer Company in 1886
In 1905, changed to the Burroughs Adding Machine Company
In honor of his death, it became the Burroughs Corporation in1953
1986 Merged with Sperry to form UNISYS
Burroughs had the biggest adding machine company in the U.S. with variation in products such as adding machines, typewriters, check protectors, electronic billing machines, ticketeers, and finally computers.
Invention of the Adding Machines, Cash Registers, Printers, Disk-Drives and Tape-Drives
Large system, medium system , and small system ‘main frame ‘ class computers
Developed : Language Directed Design or Programming Languages such as
ALGOL, COBOL, FORTRAN,
‘Small system ‘ computers were micro-programmed.
Micro-processing led to the use of LAN
Franklin Institute’s John Scott Medal
National Inventors Hall of Fame
One of eight major U.S. computer companies:
IBM, Burroughs, Honeywell, NCR, RCA, UNIVAC, General Electric, Control Data Corporation, etc
During WWII they steered towards computers working with the government on numerous contracts.
Mostly making large, medium, and small frame computers used by banks and businesses.
PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Main Frame Computers
Burroughs B205 hardware has appeared as props in many Hollywood TV and movie productions from the 1960s onwards. For example a B205 console was often shown in the TV series Batman as the Bat Computer; also as the computer in Lost in Space. B205 tape drives were often seen in shows such as The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
What does he feel is his greatest accomplishment , and what is it that he feels is his worst?
What would he do differently, if he could do it all over again?
Does he have any regrets?
He worked as a bank clerk at the
Cayuga County National Bank in Auburn, New York.
Determined to add new machine into the ‘modern day’ office at the end of the century.
Died at 43 years old due to illness.
His machines began the revolution