Automatic control has rich history, from the ancient to the modern control. From the practical, to more abstract methodology.
In June 1996, IEEE Control Systems Magazine had special issues on the evolving history of control. It presented interesting articles about the development of control systems:
- A Brief History of Automatic Control, by Stuart Bennet
- Optimal Control – 1950 to 1985, by Arthur E. Bryson Jr
- Early Developments in Nonlinear Control, by Derek P. Atherton
- Adaptive Control Around 1960, by Karl J. Astrom
- Stability: The Common Thread in the Evolution of Feedback Control, by Anthony N. Michel
- Input-Output Feedback Stability and Robustness, 1959-86, by George Zames
- Filtering and Stochastic Control: A Historical Perspective, by Sanjoy K. Mitter
- The Evolution of Systems Analysis and Control: A Personal Perspective, by Lotfi A. Zadeh
Other historical essays also had been written by Jan C. Willems about the development of optimal control and modeling paradigm:
- In control, almost from the beginning until the day after tomorrow, European Journal on Control, 2007
- 300 years of optimal control: From the brachystochrone to the maximum principle, IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol 17, 1997.
The followings are other essays about history of control:
- Feedback control: An invisible thread in the history of technology, by Dennis S. Bernstein
- My Berkeley Years: Control at Cal, 1955-1961, by Michael Athans
Here is short clip on the history of automatic control:
Here is sample clip on the 1st International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) conference, June 27-July 2, 1960 in Moscow.