On International Women’s Day here’s a representative list of IT pioneers who transformed the field with their talent, innovation and devotion, even if they did not always receive the credit they deserved, at the time. We honor the women who created the first hypothetical and actual computing programs, spent long hours implementing them with switching wires behind the scenes, or contributed to moon landing. It is a matter of great pride and awe that a complete list such transformational professionals will be endless!
Today is National Science Day in India honoring the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
This year’s focus is "Science and Technology for a sustainable future," a topic with worldwide importance (which we also touched upon in one of our articles).
Nevertheless, we would like to devote today’s infographics entirely to notable scientists of Indian origin who contributed to the advancement of Information Technology with their research and inventions. Even with narrowing down the subject to IT professionals only, the list is inherently incomplete. Our random selection contains such names as Ajay Bhatt, who never intended to make profit with his invention, USB, or some great philanthropists, such as Vinod Dham.
Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph for the first time on November 29, 1877. The audience perceived the invention as magic, leaving Edison with the nickname "The Wizard of Menlo Park." As sound recording gradually developed with the rise of the electrical, magnetic and finally the digital phase, technology become more and more precise and made copying and mass production easier. Each phase and invention revolutionized the music and film industry in its very own way. In the past decades technology has also learned to listen, not just to repeat: speech recognition was invented and put into commercial use. Now we can enjoy huge online databases of digital recordings, sound editing software and virtual assistants who understand almost all our words.
Take a glimpse at the past 140 years with our infographic.
Since 1949, “World Urbanism Day” is held on November 8 thanks to Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires. The date also known as “World Town Planning Day” is devoted to promoting urban planning and design to create a more livable place for the growing population.
The Android platform was introduced on November 5, 2007. The popular operating system for mobile phones had several sweet releases since then ranging from Cupcake to Oreo. During its first decade, Android also managed to gain the largest share of the smartphone OS market. We celebrated its 10th birthday with an infographic that leads you through the major milestones.