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History of Computer

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How Does Computer Work?

As we discussed in above topics, computer has three sections. These are input, processing and output. It works through these three stages with the help of computer program. A computer program guide the computer system by using set of step by step instructions that instruct the computer what to do with input to generate the required output.

We can explain each step as follows:

Step 1: It accepts the input devices like keyboard, mouse, scanners etc.

Step 2: It processes the data according to the input instructions. Processing include calculations, sorting, arranging the list of words or numbers and modification of documents.

Step 3: It stores or holds data. It must hold or store data for further processing.

Step 4: It produces output. The output is available in terms of information, it is available in the form of reports, graphs, tables, documents, and etc. It can be displayed on the visual unit or printed on paper.

Evolution of Computer

According to the concept and technology used on the devices, we have three types of calculating devices:
  • Early development mechanical devices
  • Electro-mechanical computers
  • Electronic computers

Early Development of Computer: Mechanical Calculating Devices


It is the first counting device, developed by Chinese and Egyptians, 2500 years ago. It performs mathematical concepts and arithmetical operations. It is a rectangular box, divided into two parts by mid bar , upper part is called heaven, consists of two beads and each bead equal to value 5 and lower part is is called earth, consists of five bead and each bead equal to value 1. While calculating, beads are brought near to mid bar.

Napier's bones:

Another interesting invention is Napier's bones, a cleaver multiplication tool invented in 1614 by mathematical John Napier of Scotland. The bones are a set of vertical rectangular rods, each one divided in 10 squares. John Napier is also the inventor of logarithms, a concept used to change multiplication into addition. Napier's bones was very successful and was widely used in Europe until mid 1960's. It is mainly used for multiplication table.

Slide Rule:

The Slide Rule is an analog device for performing mathematical computations. The first slide rule was created by British mathematician, William Oughtred in 1620. His device was based on the log arithmetic scale created by British astronomer, Edmund Gunter in 1620, Gunter's work, in turn, was based on the principal of logarithm set forth by Scottish mathematician John Napier in 1614. A simple slide rule consists of two graduated scales, one of which slips upon other. The scales are devised in such a way that suitable alignment of one scale against the other makes it possible to obtain products, quotients or their function by inspection.


Blaise Pascal had a father who was an overworked and harassed tax commissioner. The young Pascal developed a mechanical calculator to help him with his work. Pascal started to build it in 1632 when he was 19 and three years later he had developed a machine called Pascaline. In this machine, numbers were entered by dialing a series of numbered wheels, and a series of toothed wheels. Each wheel is printed with the numbers from 0 to 9. When the first wheel made a completed turn from 0 to 9, it automatically caused the second wheel to advance to the next number and so on. It could add and subtract by the movement of wheels. The number of calculating capacity of Pascaline was 9, 99, 99, and 999. It could not be used for division and multiplication.

Difference Engine:

Charles babbage in 1823 developed difference engine. Difference engine was first programmable machine ever made. This device was used for solving differential equations. This device has different sections for input, output and storage media. The machine can give results and process it. There are different parts of engine:

  • Input
  • Mill (processing)
  • Memory
  • Output ( Results)

Stepped Reckonor:

Stepped Recknor is a calculating device developed by Gottrified Wilhem Von Leibnitz in 1671. It was modified to produce higher efficiency and was based on pascal's principle. The stepped Reckonor could multiply, add, subtract and even find square roots.
Analytical engine:

Charles Babbage developed this device in 1833. This machine used the binary digit concept. This machine was designed to solve up upto 20 decimal places but due to mechanical difficulties it was never completed. This device was also an automatic calculator.

Lady Augusta Ada Lovelace:

Lady Ada suggested using binary numbers instead of decimal number in Analytical Engine. Lady Ada also wrote a program to be used in Analytical Engine. She is also known as the "First Programmer"in the history of computer science because this was the first program ever written.

Dr Herman Hollerith:

The first person to use punched card practically is Dr. Herman Hollerith. Using the punched card, he developed the tabulating machine or census machine which proved to be very efficient. In 1896, he also established Tabulating Machine Company (TMC). he later founded the International Business Machine Company By merging it with other companies in 1933.

  • Abacus is the first counting device, developed by Chinese and Egyptians, 2500 years ago.
  • Napier's bones, a cleaver multiplication tool invented in 1614 by mathematical John Napier of Scotland.
  • The Slide Rule is an analog device for performing mathematical computations.
  • The young Pascal developed a mechanical calculator to help him with his work.
  • Stepped Recknor is a calculating device developed by gottrified Wilhem Von Leibnitz in 1671.
  • Charles Babbage is known as father of computer.

Very Short Questions

English mathematician Charles Babbage is considered as the father of computer science. His inventions are Difference Engine and Analytical Engine.

The concept of input, output, processing and storage used by Charles Babbage in his analytical engine became the basis for the evaluation of using bits in his machine. Since the dream of modern computers has come true only due to the Babbage's innovative idea, he is considered as father of computer science.

The name of parts and their related functions of Analytical Engine developed by Charles Babbageare:

  • Punched card: As Input device
  • Mil: As processing Unit
  • Suitable Output device
  • Storage device, etc.

Lady Augusta Ada Lovelace is known as first computer programmer because she was the person who suggested Charles Babbage to use binary number system in his Analytical engine and operated it for the first time.

Although Nepal entered in the history of computing and computer lately. The real and formal use of computing in Nepal is started from the census of 2018 B.S. Therefore, the history of computer in Nepal can be mentioned in the following points.

  • It took nearly 6.5 months for the census of Nepal 2018 B.S. using the hand calculator facet.
  • His Majesty's Government brought the second generation computer IBM 1401 from USA on rent for the census of 2028 B.S that took nearly 1 year and 7 months to complete the census.
  • In 2031 B.S His Majesty's Government established Yantrik Saririni Karan Kendra or Electronic Data processing center later named as National Computer Center.
  • In 2038 B.S the fourth generation computer ICL 2950/10 was brought form UK for the census.
  • After 2040 various computer training centers were established .
  • In 2048 Computer Science is included as optional Subject in school level course and later +2 levels, Bachelor level and Master level respectively.
  • In 2057 B.S the IT policy of Nepal and 2061 B.S. Cyber Law Nepal is introduced.

Dr. Herman Hollerith:
Herman Hollerith was an American statistician invented Tabulating machine using punched cards for the counting purpose of mass data which was based on binary system. He was also the founder of IBM which was based on binary system. He was also the founder of IBM which is at present the world's largest computer manufacturing company. So, he has given a great contribution in the history of computer.

Blaise Pascal:
Blaise Pascal a Grench mathematical invented the first mechanical calculator with gears and wheels called pascaline. This device could do the addition and subtraction than any other device invented that time. So, his contribution will be always remembered.

  • UNIVAC stands for:

    Universal Array Computer
    UNIVersal Automatic Computer 
    uniglobe array computer
    unique automatic computer
  • Upper part of abacus is known as:

  • Napier s bones, was invented in ________.

    1615 AD
    1617 AD
    1616 AD
    1614 AD
  • Slide rule was invented by ________.

    Josheph Marie Jacquared
    Charge Babbge
    William Oughtred
  • Who is father of computer?

    Mark Jukarberg
    Charge Babbge
    Lady Ada
    Steve Jobs
  • Lady Ada is also known as:

    First programmer
    First Lady Engineer
    Mother of the world
    Iron Women of World
  • What is the fullform of TMC?

    Time Machine Coorporation
    Tuning Machine Company
    Tabulating Machine Company
    Time Machine Company
  • EDVAC was developed by:

    Howard Aiken
    Dr. Herman Hollerith
    Josheph Marie Jacquared
    John Presper Eckert
  • MARK-I was developed by:

    Dr. Herman Hollerith
    Howard Aiken
    Josheph Marie Jacquared
    John Presper Eckert
  • What is abacus?

    Device developed by Wilhem.
    Device developed by John Napier.
    First calculating device developed by Chinese people.
    Device developed by Charles Babbage.
  • Who developed Napier Bone?

    Clifford Berry
    John Mauchlay
    John Napier
    William Oughtred
  • Who invented Pascaline or Pascal's Calculating Machine?

    Howard Aiken
    J.V. Antasoff
    Blaise Pascal
    Dr. Herman Hollerith
  • Who invented Stepped Rockoner?

    Blaise Pascal
    Marie Jackquard
    Lady Ada
    Gottrified William Von Leibmitz
  • Who invented Jacquard's loom?

    Charles Babbage
    Joseph Marie Jacquard
    Jphn Napier
    J. Presper Eckert
  • Who invented Difference Engine?

    John Mauchlay
    J. Presper Eckert
    Charles Babbage
    Joseph Marie Jacquard
  • Analytical Engine was developed by _________.

    Blaise Pascal
    Marie Jackquard
    Lady Ada
    Charles Babbage
  • Abacus has two sections ______and ______.

    planet and heaven
    heaven and earth
    sun and earth
    planet and earth
  • One head in heaven equals ______ units.

  • One head in earth equals _________ units.

  • Abacus followed________ number system.

  • Napier bone was used for ____________.

  • Francis Bacon developed _____________.

    Hexa-decimal Number
    Binary Number
    Octal Number
    Decimal Number
  • Analytical Engine was designed to calculate upto ________ decimal places.

  • Who invented mark I?

    Howard Aiken
    Charles Babbage
    Lady Augusta Ada Lovelace
    Harman Hollerith
  • Which was the first computer brought in Nepal?

    ICL 2950/10
    Super computer
    IBM 1401
    IBM 2900
  • when was linux invented?

  • what is the full form of VLSI?

    Very large scalar intergation
    Very large scale intergation
    Very large scale intergated
    Very long scale intergation
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