Fredrik Rosing Bull, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Fredrik Rosing Bull

Norwegian inventor

Date of Birth: 25-Dec-1882

Place of Birth: Christiania, Norway

Date of Death: 07-Jun-1925

Profession: businessperson, computer scientist, inventor

Nationality: Norway

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Fredrik Rosing Bull

  • Fredrik Rosing Bull (25 December 1882 – 7 June 1925) was an information technology pioneer, known for his work on improved punched card machines. Bull was born in Kristiania (Oslo, Norway).
  • In 1907 he finished his studies in civil engineering at the Technical School of Kristiania (Kristiania Tekniske Skole).
  • In 1916 he was hired as a technical inspector for the insurance company Storebrand, where he developed an interest for punched card machines technology and began developing one of his own.
  • In 1919 he obtained a patent for the machine, and in 1921 he prepared a team that took over the implementation of the machine at the company where Bull worked at that time, Storebrand.
  • This team provided several new ideas for improving the Bull machine, rendering it superior to Hollerith's device - the precursor to the IBM punched card machine - in use at that time.
  • Bull continued to develop his ideas, improving the machine, which became a success throughout Europe.
  • He was diagnosed with cancer at an early age and died in 1925 when he was 42 years old.
  • His patents were later sold in 1931 and constituted the basis for the founding of the French company Groupe Bull, a large information technology company operating in over 100 countries.

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