Computers in radiology
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The concept of computer design starts with Charles Babbage (1792-1871; British mathematician) who in 1822 described an analytical engine to the Royal Astronomical Society. Countess Augusta Lovelace (daughter of Lord Byron) was his assistant and could be identified as the first computer programmer. Important foundation work was started by George Boole (1815-1864; British/Irish mathematician) who developed an analysis of logic in 1847 and Boolean algebra later became the cornerstone of modern computer design. Herman Hollerith (1860-1929; American inventor) meanwhile devised a method in 1880 for automating the process of data handling into an electromechanical counter using a series of cards with punched holes. A similar method was already being used by the weaving industry for controlling their machines. In 1911 Hollerith merged with three other companies to form the Computing Tabulating Recording Company, later to become part of IBM.