Patrick Blackett: physicist, radical and chief architect of the Manchester computing phenomenon

David Anderson

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Abstract

The dominant discourse in the history of computing holds that the world's first stored-program digital electronic computer--the Manchester "Baby"--was developed under the sole leadership and direction of the Department of Electro-Technics. This biography, which arises out of a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, suggests that the physicist P.M.S. Blackett was much more influential in the genesis, enabling, staffing, and funding of the project than has previously been recognized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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