When it comes to IT, we all somehow tend to assume that everything was created and done in the USA.
But this is not really quite so.
And to prove this, today we are going to tell you about just a few French contributions in the hardware/software/internet domains of IT.
The first microcomputer using a microprocessor was invented by a French scientist named Francois Gernelle.
It happened in January 1973, when the Micral N was issued by Gernelle and his team for INRA, the French National Institute for Research in Agronomy (just as a side-note, the first US-made microcomputer was released one year later, in March 1974).
The “Micral N” was able to perform the requested tasks same as minicomputers (at that time the smallest/cheapest available computing devices) but for just a fifth of the price.