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Computer History Quiz


  1. Which early high-level programming language designed in 1959 was partly based on the programming language FLOW-MATIC designed by Grace Hopper?
  2. What was the name of the manual calculating device created by John Napier in the 17th century?
  3. The proposal for what would become the World Wide Web was submitted by which British researcher in 1989?
  4. In 1965 Moore’s Law first proposed that the number of what in a dense integrated circuit would double about every two years?

  5. Originally released for Apple II by VisiCorp in 1979, VisiCalc was the first type of what computer program?
  6. In 1848 which English mathematician, daughter of poet Lord Byron, wrote the world's first computer program?
  7. What was recognized by the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest selling single computer of all time?
  8. What device invented by William Oughtred in the 1620s is considered an analog computing device?
  9. In 2015, which credit-card sized computer surpassed the ZX Spectrum in unit sales to become the best-selling British computer?
  10. Who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates?
  11. In which year did Microsoft release Windows 1.0?
  12. Who founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976?
  13. Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched what in 1998?
  14. What did Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim launch in 2005?
  15. Which computer programmer founded the media organization WikiLeaks in 2006?
  16. What did a team of IBM engineers led by Alan Shugart invent in 1971?
  17. Which technology company created the world's first commercial microprocessor chip in 1971?
  18. What is the 1985 claim to fame of a company called Symbolics?
  19. What name was given to the large computer put into operation in 1944 to help in the cryptanalysis of the Lorenz cipher?
  20. Which computer-programming language created in 1957 by John Backus shortened the process of programming?
  21. American Web developer David Karp founded which blogging site in 2007?
  22. Which company released its first notebook computer, the 316LT, in 1989?
  23. In 1996, which chess-playing computer made history by defeating world champion Garry Kasparov?
  24. Which piece of computer hardware did American inventor Douglas Engelbart patent in 1970?
  25. Which British computer company built the BBC Micro computer that dominated the UK educational market in the 1980s?


  1. COBOL
  2. Napier's Bones
  3. Tim Berners-Lee
  4. Transistors
  5. Spreadsheet
  6. Ada Lovelace
  7. Commodore 64 (C64)
  8. Slide rule
  9. Raspberry Pi
  10. Paul Allen
  11. 1985
  12. Steve Wozniak
  13. Google
  14. YouTube
  15. Julian Assange
  16. Floppy disk
  17. Intel
  18. Registration of the first dot-com domain
  19. Colossus
  21. Tumblr
  22. Dell
  23. Deep Blue
  24. Computer mouse
  25. Acorn Computers