Does the name Werner Buchholz ring a bell? Maybe not for those of us who aren’t IT and computer whizzes, but I bet you’re familiar with what he’s best known for…the term byte.

Werner Buchholz is an America computer scientist who is credited with coining byte in 1956 as the name for a digital unit of measurement. He worked for IBM and was part of the team to plan, develop, and build the IBM 701, also known as the Defense Calculator.

Interestingly, there’s another fun name for the unit smaller than a byte, called the nibble – but we don’t have Mr. Buchholz to thank for that one.

This short computer science history lesson is brought to you by my own curiosity. As we gear up for the next Kronos Learning Bytes session Wednesday, November 1st to Friday, November 3rd, I started wondering about where the term byte actually came from. So I did a little research, and here we are!

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Just a little something to nibble on.

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017