An Wang Biography
(Co-founder of Wang Laboratories)
Birthday: February 7, 1920 (Aquarius)
Born In: Shanghai, China,
An Wang was a Chinese-American computer engineer and inventor, who did formidable work in the field of magnetic core memory. He was a Chinese immigrant and a who became an important figure in the electronics industry. His successful journey began when he created a pulse transfer device, together with a colleague, which is an important part of the development of magnetic core memory. He followed this invention with the development of write-after-read cycle thus solving the destructive read out problem, inherent to magnetic core memory. This was a key breakthrough in making magnetic core memory devices a viable option for storing data. He obtained a large sum of money from many organizations that used his patented design for construction of the memory pattern in manufacturing of computers. He used this money to establish his own company and thus founded Wang Laboratories. The company became a market leader in desktop calculators and also achieved success with word processors. He was an inventor with the sharp business acumen and incorporated his ideas to expand his company successfully. He was one of the most celebrated engineers and entrepreneurs of the 20th century, who contributed significantly to the development of computers.