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Computer Conservation Society - Stardust: tales from the early days of computing, 1948 – 1958

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Thursday, 17 January 2019 from 14:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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Speaker: Simon Lavington

 

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Professor Simon Lavington is a stalwart of the Society and an authority on early British computers. He has published several books on the subject, most recently a comprehensive history of the Ellioitt company


About the seminar

This is the story of the life and times of nine Ferranti Mark I and Mark I Star computers that were launched into an unsuspecting market place between 1951 and 1957. This was a family of very early supercomputers, digital dinosaurs that lumbered from Manchester to Toronto, Amsterdam and Rome, consuming a diet of applications that ranged from atomic weapons to cotton spinning to music.

This is, above all, the story of the people who struggled to tame the dinosaurs and put their primitive powers to useful work. Many of these pioneers are still alive, which has permitted the talk to be embellished with rare photos and intriguing personal anecdotes.

Whilst the talk does give plenty of technical details, the socio-economic and human backdrop always shines through.

The session will start with registration at 14:00pm, talks starting at 14:30pm,  finish by 16:30pm.

 

Refreshments will be provided. 

 

The event is free of charge, but will require registration to ensure there are no capacity restrictions.  

 

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

Organiser: BCS Computer Conservation Society

http://www.computerconservationsociety.org/index.htm




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BCS The Chartered Institute for IT
Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
WC2E 7HA London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 17 January 2019 from 14:30 to 16:30 (GMT)


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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

We are all responsible for ensuring technology-led change is safe and positive for everyone in society. At BCS we’re committed to meeting this responsibility under royal charter.

That’s why we set the highest standards of professionalism and best practice in the industry, share knowledge, and develop skills and capability tuned to our evolving digital world.

We’ve been supporting the technology industry since 1957 and our 73,000-strong membership spans 150 countries. Every member actively promotes IT professionalism and we provide them with career development opportunities and bring the community together to address the professional, ethical and economic challenges facing technology today.

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