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1930 – June 1949The Contributions of Vannevar Bush to Analog Computing, Information Retrieval, and the Concept of Hypertext 1930Jacques Herbrand Proves the Deduction Theorem Circa 1930 – 1945Hundreds of Thousands of Wind Turbines Power Farms in the U.S. 1930 – 1931Bob Brown: Visionary of New Reading Machines and Changes in the Process of Reading 1930R. A. Fisher's "The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection" April 1930 – 1950Statistical Quality Control in Manufacturing is Conceptualized and Introduced by Shewhart and Deming May 16, 1930Foundation of Texas Instruments 1931Godel's Incompleteness Theorems 1931The IBM 601 Multiplying Punch 1931 – June 15, 1938The First Commercially Successful Ballpoint Pen 1931The First "Talking-Books" 1931Wright's Quantitative Theory of the Effects of Natural Selection on Populations 1931"The Inborn Factors in Disease" 1931The First Studies of Proteins by X-Ray Analysis 1931Pauling's Six Rules for the Shared Electron Bond December 29, 1931Emanuel Goldberg Invents the First Successful Electronic Document Retrieval Device 1932Public Television Broadcasting Begins in England 1932Marinetti's Metal Book: "Parole in Liberta . . ." October 3, 1932The Times New Roman Typeface Debuts 1933 – 1936Edwin Armstrong Invents Frequency Modulation (FM Radio) 1933IBM Markets the First Commercially Successful Electric Typewriter 1933 – 1934Wallace J. Eckert and IBM Develop the First Machine to Perform Complex Scientific Calculations Automatically Circa 1933Petr Petrovich Troyanskii of St. Petersburg Invents a Mechanical "Translating Machine" 1933 – 1944Eugen Sänger's "Raketenflugtechnik" Expounds the Theory of What Would Become the X-Planes and the Space Shuttle 1933 – 194542,500 Camps and Ghettos Were in Operation During the Holocaust 1933Niels Bohr Asks if Living Processes Could be Described in Terms of Pure Physics and Chemistry 1933The Henry Graves Supercomplication, the Most Valuable Watch in the World April 3, 1933 – 1934Invention of the Sociogram: Some of the Earliest Graphic Depictions of Social Networks April 6, 1933 – 1945Hitler Seizes Power in Germany and the Nazis Begin Purging Germany of Jews & Jewish Culture, Eventually Burning 100,000,000 Books and Killing About 20 Million People 1934 – 1958Key Contributions of Konrad Zuse to the History of Computer Design and Software 1934 – April 27, 1935The First Practical Tape Recorder 1934Creation of the FCC 1934Picasso Depicts His Lover Reading at a Table 1934The Beginning of Protein Crystallography: Possibly the Beginning of Structural Molecular Biology January 26, 1934Bradford's Law April 24, 1934 – April 1935The Hammond Electric Organ June 19, 1934Foundation of the U.S. National Achives 1935 – 1936The Social Security Program Creates a Giant Data-Processing Challenge Circa 1935 – 1950Charga-Plate Precursor of the Credit Card 1935 – December 30, 2010Kodachrome, the First Color Transparency Film for Cinematography and Still Photography, is Developed 1935Timofeeff-Ressovsky Publishes One of the Key Conceptual Papers in the Early History of Molecular Biology 1935"Pygmalion's Spectacles," Probably the First Comprehensive and Specific Fictional Model for Virtual Reality January 21, 1935Foundation of The Wilderness Society February 12, 1935Robert Watson-Watt Invents Radar July 30, 1935Allen Lane & Penguin Books Invent the Mass-Market Paperback September 1935IBM's German Subsidiary, Deutsche Hollerith Maschinen, Introduces the First Automatic Sequence-Controlled Calculator 1936Alonzo Church Proves Undecidability 1936 – 1939The Voder, the First Electronic Speech Synthesizer: a Simplified Version of the Vocoder 1936Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" July 7, 1936The First NBC / RCA Television Broadcast Is Recorded on Film November 20, 1936 – 1938H. G. Wells and the "World Brain" November 30, 1936Alan Turing Publishes "On Computable Numbers," Describing What Came to be Called the "Turing Machine" December 1936Founding of the Society of American Archivists 1937 – 1938Elektro, the Most Famous Robot of the 1930s 1937"Trees to Tribune": Film on the Production of the Chicago Tribune Newspaper 1937 – 1942The Only Known Complete Inventory of Art Labeled "Degenerate" by the Nazis August 10, 1937Shannon's "Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits," "The Most Significant Master's Thesis of the 20th Century" November 1937 – October 1941George Stibitz Builds the First Electromechanical Computers in America November 1937 – 1946Key Aspects of the Development of the Harvard Mark 1 and its Software 1938 – 1949Chester Carlson invents Xerography; It Becomes Successful About 20 Years Later 1938La Réalité virtuelle 1938Otto Bettman Founds The Bettmann Archive: the Beginning of "The Visual Age" 1938Felix Haurowitz Suggests that Hemoglobin is a Molecular Lung 1938Warren Weaver Coins the Term "Molecular Biology" February 4, 1938John Logie Baird Makes the First Mechanical Color Broadcast October 30, 1938Mass Hysteria Induced by Electronic Media 1939Fantasies of an All-Encompassing Archive or "Universal Library" 1939 – 1972DDT is Discovered, and Eventually Banned 1939One of the First "Maps of Science" 1939Pauling's "The Nature of the Chemical Bond" April 1939RCA Introduces of Regularly Scheduled Electronic TV Broadcasting in America Circa September 1939 – 1945Highlights of Alan Turing and Colleagues' Cryptanalysis Work at Bletchley Park September 1, 1939Alfred Wiener Creates the First Holocaust Museum 1940Glamorous Film Actress Hedy Lamarr Invents Spread-Sprectrum 1940NIMATRON: An Early Electromechanical Machine to Play the Game of Nim April 1940Benjamin Lee Whorf Asks "Does Language Influence Thought?" May 6 – May 16, 1940
Detail of cover of catalogue for An Exhibition of Printing at the Fitzwilliam Museum.  Please click to view entire cover of catalogue.
The Fitzwilliam Museum Exhibition of Printing: Precursor to "Printing and the Mind of Man"
May 25, 1940Sealing of the Crypt of Civilization August – December 1940The Design and Principles of John Atanasoff's ABC Machine, and What John Mauchly Knew About It