1801 – 1810: Computing, Invention & Culture

Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth. – Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Giuseppe Piazzi discovers an asteroid he names Ceres that orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Today, Ceres is called a dwarf planet.
  • Joseph-Marie Jacquard developed the Jacquard loom, an automatic loom controlled the weaving process with punched cards is a significant step forward in automated manufacturing and computer control.
Jacquard loom showing punch cards that controlled the weaving process. [Public Domain]


  • In 1809, the crude telegraph was invented in Bavaria by Samuel Soemmering.
  • Mary Kies is the first woman to be issued a US patent. She was granted a patent for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread to make bonnets.

Top Pop Song: 1801 – 1810

Fur Elise by Beethoven was the number one song in 1810 and the 22nd most popular song of the 19th century. [Public Domain]


Fine Art: 1801 – 1810

The Abbey in the Oakwood an oil painting by Caspar David Friedrich. It was painted between 1809 and 1810 in Dresden, Germany [Public Domain].

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