computer graphics in the 1950s

Mike Loewen mloewen at
Wed Oct 15 21:31:34 CDT 2008

On Wed, 15 Oct 2008, Richard wrote:

> What was the first machine to have some sort of graphical display (most
> likely oscilloscope style) driven by a computer?
> SAGE is the first one I can think of; I don't recall the predecessors at
> MIT having any sort of graphical display.

    The Whirlwind computer at MIT was used to develop the concepts used in 
SAGE.  There's a picture of a display scope on the Whirlwind from 1950 on 
this page:

    And another here from 1953:

Mike Loewen				mloewen at
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