1) Burroughs Corporation began in
1886 as the American Arithmometer Company an adding machine invented by
William Seward Burroughs.
Where did the company begin?
St. Louis, Missouri
2) William Seward Burroughs I
(January 28, 1857 - September 14, 1898) was an American inventor.
Where was he born?
New York City, NY
3) What was the machine William S. Burroughs
invented and had a patented first called?
4) What relation was William S. Burroughs,
Beat Generation writer to the adding machine inventor?
5) The company moved to Detroit,
Michigan and changed their name Burroughs Adding Machine Company.
What years was this?
The Company developed a range of adding machines with different
capabilities and created the office accounting machine range that began
with the _________, which had a moving programmable carriage to maintain
ledgers. (Fill in the blank.)
7) What year was the Burroughs Adding Machine
Company renamed the Burroughs Corporation and began moving into computer
products, initially for banking institutions?
8) Burroughs in the late 1960s,
produced the D2000, D4000 range - also known as the TC500 (Terminal
Computer 500) which had a golf ball printer and disk memory. These were
popular as branch terminals to the B5500/6500/6700 Systems, which sold
well in the Banking Sector.
What was the disk memory size?
1K (80 bit)
10K (124 bit)
256MB (256 bit)
9) This move began with the purchase
in June 1956, of The ElectroData. They had built the Datatron 205 and
was working on the Datatron 220. The first major computer product that
came from this marriage was the B205 Tube computer.
was the ElectroData located?
10) Burroughs was one of the eight
major United States computer companies (with IBM, the largest,
Honeywell, NCR Corporation, Control Data Corporation, General Electric,
RCA and UNIVAC) through most of the 1960s. IBM's share of the market at
the time was so much larger than all of the others.
this group was often sarcastically referred to as?
IBM and the Seven Computer Companies
IBM and the Seven Dwarfs
IBM and the Wild Bunch
11) The Burroughs Corporation
developed three highly innovative architectures, based on the design
philosophy of "language directed design". Their machine instruction sets
favored one or many high level programming languages. The architectures
were considered "main-frame" class machines.
NOT one of the programming languages?
Burroughs also made military computers, such as the D825, in its Great
Valley Laboratory. The D825 was, according to some scholars, the first
true multiprocessor computer.
Where was the plant?
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
St. Louis, Missouri
13) Burroughs B205 hardware has appeared as props in
many Hollywood TV and movie productions from the 1960s onwards.
A B205 console was often shown in the TV series
Batman as the
Bat Computer; also as the
computer in what other sci-fi TV series?
Lost in Space
14) In September 1986, Burroughs Corporation merged
with another corporation to form Unisys.
Who did they merge