Christie's auction and other computer history events

From: Eric Smith <>
Date: Thu Feb 17 13:56:20 2005

Paul wrote:
> I suspect Babbage is more widely known that Watson, as well he should
> be. Watson was a good salesman and manager, but so what, there are
> plenty of those around.

They did different things, sure. But if you're interested in who
influenced the computer industry more, it would be Watson. Babbage's
work wasn't even known to most of the 20th century computer pioneers.

Received on Thu Feb 17 2005 - 13:56:20 GMT

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