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Approved IEEE Milestone: Birth of the 1st PC Operating System (CP/M)

Dedication of IEEE Milestone for Gary Kildall’s CP/M Microcomputer Operating System

The events on the afternoon of Friday, April 25, 2014, are open to the public. Plans for the IEEE Milestone dedication and unveiling are as follows:

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Pacific Grove City Chambers, 300 Forest Ave.

Introductions by Mayor Bill Kampe, President-Elect of IEEE Howard Michels, and other dignitaries.

Overview of IEEE Milestone program.

A conversation with former DRI VP of Operating Systems Tom Rolander and Gordon Eubanks VP of Languages and Tools followed by Q &A session.

4:00 – 4:30 PM 801 Lighthouse Ave.

Street side plaque unveiling and brief remarks by representatives of the City, the IEEE, and others

4:30 – 6:00 PM 734 Lighthouse Ave. (Former DRI Engineering building)

Reception with light refreshments for AMW, IEEE and DRI alumni and friends

http://www.e-grid.net/docs/1404-milestone.pdf

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Backgrounder:

Gary A. Kildall, PhD (1942 – 1994),  developed and then demonstrated the first working prototype of CP/M (Control Program for Microcomputers) in Pacific Grove in 1974. Together with his invention of the BIOS (Basic Input Output System), Kildall’s operating system allowed a microprocessor-based computer to communicate with a disk drive storage unit and provided an important foundation for the personal computer revolution.   This article reviews the history of CP/M and why it was so important…………….

Read more at:  http://ithistory.org/blog/?p=2071

Readers are invited to leave a comment in box below the article.

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Reference:

The SF Chronicle website has information about the CP/M Milestone dedication event:

 

 

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