IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Volume 15 Issue 3 • 1993

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  • The Manchester heritage

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):7 - 8
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    The wider historical and scientific context of the development of computing at the University of Manchester, focusing on the relationship between the University and industry, is described. The role of the National Archive for the History of Computing in preserving this heritage is discussed.<> View full abstract»

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  • The beginnings of the Manchester computer phenomenon: people and influences

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):9 - 16
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    The development of computers at the University of Manchester in the late 1940s is discussed. Scientific computation in Britain during and immediately after World War II is briefly described. Computers at the University were initially influenced by M.H.A. Newman and F.C. Williams. Biographies of these two men are given, and their wartime work is examined in the light of computer development at Manc... View full abstract»

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  • Alan Turing and biology

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):33 - 36
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    Alan Turing spent his final years working at the University of Manchester. A little known feature of this work, his interest in morphogenesis, is described. It is argued that this work is both analogous to Turing's computing work, in that it represented a radical break into a new field with little reference to previous work, and discontinuous with it, since Turing did not make use of any of the ob... View full abstract»

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  • A Manchester computer pioneer: Ferranti in retrospect

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):37 - 43
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    The role of Ferranti Ltd. in the developing computer industry in the Manchester area is examined. The performance of the Ferranti firm once it entered into computer manufacturing and the reasons for the company's failure in that industry are discussed. The firm is compared with others attempting to enter the field at the same time.<> View full abstract»

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  • Manchester computer architectures, 1948-75

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):44 - 54
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    It is suggested that, because of changes in computer technology and terminology, it is often difficult for present-day observers to judge the significance of early digital computer projects. The author discusses some architectural themes of interest, as they evolved in the design of three innovative computers developed at the University of Manchester: the Mark I, Atlas, and MU5. Themes such as ope... View full abstract»

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  • Institutional change and regeneration: a biography of the Computer Science Department at the University of Manchester

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):55 - 62
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    Some developments in the Computer Science Department at the University of Manchester that influenced its growth from a premodern engineering-oriented department to a large, complex department with a range of interdisciplinary research activities that span most aspects of computer science are outlined. The changes in patterns of research output, recruitment of academic staff, and sources of researc... View full abstract»

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  • Anecdotes-a very early expert system

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):64 - 68
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