Personal Computer (May/June 1959); Magic Brains; MRO

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 30 13:56:54 UTC 2001

On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    OED has the late 1970s for "personal computer."
>    "Your 'Personal Computer' for Higher Creativity" is in an ad by EAI
> Electronic Associates Inc., Long Branch, NJ, in DATAMATION, May/June
> 1959, pg. 29.

This is an outstanding antedating.  I recently published an article in the
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, entitled "Origin of the Term
_Personal Computer_," in which I traced the term back to 1968.  Barry's
citation above is obviously a major advance.

Fred Shapiro

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