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Tracing the History of the Computer - Jean-Babtiste Falcon


Jean-Babtiste Falcon was a co-worker of Basile Bouchon in Lyon, France.

In 1728, Falcon improved on Bouchon's machine (for controlling a loom with a perforated paper tape) by replacing the paper roll with a set of punched cards attached to one another, which made it possible to change the program rapidly. Each punch card controlled a single hook or needle. The design allowed for much larger patterns to be woven but required two men to operate.

The Bouchon-Falcon loom was semi-automatic, requiring manual feed of the program.


Basile Bouchon

Joseph Marie Jacquard

Punch Card


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