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  1920 – Electric typewriter by Smathers    
     
  1921 – 'Robot' word coined by Karl Capek - R.U.R. play    
       
  1922 – Telephoto transmission by Francis Jenkins    
       
  1924 – Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp. becomes IBM  
       
  1924 – Statistical Process Control (SPC) by Bell labs    
       
  1924 – Iconoscope by Zworykin starts TV revolution  
       
  Plastics & Automatic Mechanization    
       
  1925 – Paint production from soybeans by George Washington Carver  
       
  1926 – Polymer chemistry ushers in plastics revolution    
       
  1929 – First liquid-fueled rocket launched by Goddard  
       
  1930 – Automatic transmission    
       
  1930 – Vannevar Bush of MIT completes the Differential Analyzer    
       
  1931 – Seminal book by Walter Shewart 'Economic Controls of Quality of Manufactured product'    
       
  1931 – Neoprene rubber produced    
       
  1932 – Stereo recording of music    
       
  1936 – Konrad Zuse's Z1 calculator type 'computer'  
       
  1937– Alan Turing's "On Computable Numbers" starts computer revolution  
       
  1937 – Electron microscope by Hillier and Prebus    
       
  1938 – Willard Pollard and Harold Rosefund programmable mechanism for spraying paint for DeVilbiss    
       
  1938 – Nylon, polyvinyl, polystyrene introduced    
       
  1938 – Automatic clothes dryer, radar    
       
  1938 – Saran    
       
  1939 – World War II starts  
       
  1939 – 'Statistical Method from the Viewpoint of Quality Control by Walter Shewart - Deming mentor and the origin of statistical approach to manufacturing quality    
       
  1939 – Shewhart's 'Statistical Method from the Viewpoint of Quality Control'    
       
  1939 – FM broadcasting, self winding watches, helicopter, electron microscope    
       
  1939 – Walter Shewart's statistical studies for manufacturing    
       
  1941 – Dacron invented    
       
  1942 – Computer experiment John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry's    
       
  First Computer Age    
       
  1943 – Colossus calculator/computer by Alan Turning    
       
  1944 – Mark I Harvard/IBM computer    
       
  1944 – First programmer of Mark I Grace Hopper  
       
  1945 – LP concept established by Goldmark    
       
  1945 – ENIAC by Mauchly and Eckert  
       
  1945 – John von Neumann writes EDVAC program    
       
  1945-1970 – Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno and Toyota team - became key manufacturing strategy of 1970-2002  
       
  1946 – George Devol patents the inventions that together make up the first industrial robot    
       
  1947 – Del Harder of Ford coins word 'automation'    
       
  1947 – Transistor invented by Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain - and micro revolution starts  
       
  1947 – 'Cybernetics' defined by Norbert Wiener at MIT    
       
  1947 – Numerical controls developed by John T. Parsons  
       
  1948 – Norbet Wiener published 'Cybernetics'    
       
  1949 – Claude Shannon's "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" that defines modern information theory    
       
  1949 – Iron ore memory by Jay Forrester    
     
     

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