Milestones:IEEE Special Citation Computer History Museum, 1979


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Mountain View, CA
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Santa Clara Valley
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IEEE Special Citation Computer History Museum, 1979


The Computer History Museum's mission is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the Information Age. The museum houses the world's largest collection of computers and related software, documents, and visual media. Public exhibits celebrate the rich history of computing, aided by a speaker series, education activities, historical restorations, and research programs.

Street address(es) and GPS coordinates of the Milestone Plaque Sites

Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043 US, (GPS: 37.414757, -122.077679)

Details of the physical location of the plaque

On the inside face of the front patio brick wall, near the Main Entrance.

How the plaque site is protected/secured

Building security; 24/7 access.

Historical significance of the work

Brian Berg, IEEE Region 6: Milestone Coordinator; Michael Andrews, IEEE Region 6: Immediate Past Director; Joseph Wei, IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section: Chair; John Hollar, Computer History Museum: CEO and President; Len Shustek, Computer History Museum: Board of Trustees Chairman; Dick Ahrons, IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section: Milestone Coordinator; Eric Berkowitz, IEEE Computer Society: Director of Membership; Trevor Meyerowitz, IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section: Computer Society Chapter Chair

The Computer History Museum captures the history of computers and computing. Attending the museum is a learning experience for all age groups. For the younger generation, Its exhibits and interactive programs encourage the younger generation to become computer professionals.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.

The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours and an award-winning education program. The Museum’s signature exhibition is “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” described by "USA Today" as “the Valley’s answer to the Smithsonian.” Other current exhibits include “Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,” “Going Places: The History of Google Maps with Street View,” “IBM 1401 Demo Lab,” and “DEC PDP-1.”

Features that set this work apart from similar achievements

It is the largest computer history museum in the world. Also it is an extremely well used research facility for historians. See references below. Furthermore, the Museum provides education to the community through its extensive events. Videos of its ongoing "Revolutionaries" events are aired over PBS. The series has aired interviews with our most notable current and past computer technologists.

Significant references

web url, Mission web url, History (dates) web url, over 50 Press Releases

url The New York Times Review by Edward Rothstein Published: September 28, 2012

url Lauch of Revolution Exibit: “Version 2.0 of the 8-year-old Computer History Museum, scheduled to reopen to the public on Jan. 13, is the valley's answer to the Smithsonian.”, Jon Swartz, USA TODAY, December 8, 2010

url Core Magazine – a publication of the Computer History Museum

url Revolutionaries Series – CHM’s accaimed speaker series Season 1&2 Season 3:

url Babbage Engine Online Exhibit:

url IBM 1401 Demo Lab:

url Oral History Collection – over 600 generated by CHM staff

url CHM elected Fellows

The Behind the Scenes History of the Computer History Museum – Complete Playlist

Computer History Museum Celebrates 35 Years

Supporting materials

Photos uploaded. see upload file.