A brief history of automatic control

  title={A brief history of automatic control},
  author={Stuart Bennett},
  journal={IEEE Control Systems Magazine},
  • S. Bennett
  • Published 1 June 1996
  • History
  • IEEE Control Systems Magazine
The author looks at the history of automatic control in four main periods as follows: early control up to 1900; the pre-classical period 1900-1940; the classical period 1935-1960; and modem control post 1955. This article is concerned with the first three of the above; other articles in this issue deal with the more recent period. 

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