Building Computers in Serbia: The First Half of the Digital Century

Jelica Protić1 and Dejan Ristanović2

  1. University of Belgrade, School of Electrical Engineering
    Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 73, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
  2. PC Press
    Osmana Đikića 4, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia


In this paper, we describe the early development of CER-10, the first digital computer built in Serbia, honor its inventors, and follow the professional path of its chief designers, prof. Rajko Tomovic and prof. Tihomir Aleksic, who became the first university professor of computer engineering in Serbia. We also give a short overview of CER family of computers that were developed after the CER-10 till midseventies. In the early eighties, computer revolution continued with personal computers, so we show the early attempts to produce this kind of computers in Serbia, from "build it yourself" campaigns to the industrial production, and we analyze implications of these attempts to the development of user community and evolution to the information society.

Key words

history of computing, CER family, personal computers, computer industry

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/DOI: 10.2298/CSIS110505021P

Publication information

Volume 8, Issue 3 (June 2011)
Year of Publication: 2011
ISSN: 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Protić, J., Ristanović, D.: Building Computers in Serbia: The First Half of the Digital Century. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 8, No. 3, 549-571. (2011), https://doi.org/DOI: 10.2298/CSIS110505021P