An Wang

An Wang (王安, pinyin: Wáng Ān ) ( born February 7, 1920 in Shanghai, China, † 24 March 1990) was a computer developer and inventor.


Wang was born in Shanghai, China in 1945 and emigrated with his family to the United States. In the 1950s he worked with Howard Aiken at Harvard University. Wang invented some significant computer technologies, including the pulse transfer controlling device, an important part of core memory.

Wang 1951 he founded the company Wang Laboratories. The company introduced in the 1970s, her early word processing computer. The Wang 1200 of 1972 consisted of a modified typewriter. Inside was housed a small computer that could store and display which texts. The texts were edited and printed ( the typewriter typed then by itself ). These were followed by regular computer systems (Wang 2200, 1972) who received towards the end of the 1970s competition from the rise of home computers. Although enormously expensive, the Wangs were very useful. The author Stephen King had such.

The Wang Laboratories were located in Lowell, Massachusetts and employed in its heyday, more than 30,000 employees. Wang died in 1990 from cancer.

  • Computer scientist
  • Carrier of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Americans
  • Born in 1920
  • Died in 1990
  • Man
  • Person (Cambridge, Massachusetts)