Was the Manchester 'Baby' conceived at Bletchley Park?

David Anderson

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Abstract

In what follows, I look, in a very general way, at a particularly interesting half century, in the history of computation. The central purpose will be to throw light on how computing activity at the University of Manchester developed in the immediate post-war years and, in the context of this conference, to situate Alan Turing in the Manchester landscape. One of the main methodological premises on which I will depend is that the history of technology is, at heart, the history of people. No historically- sophisticated understanding of the development of the computer is possible in the absence of an appreciation of the background, motivation and aspirations of the principal actors. The life and work of Alan Turing is the central focus of this conference but, in the Manchester context, it is also important that attention be paid to F.C. Williams, T. Kilburn and M.H.A. Newman.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-46
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004
EventAlan Mathison Turing 2004: A celebration of his life and achievements - Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jun 2004 → …

Conference

ConferenceAlan Mathison Turing 2004
Abbreviated title2004 eWIC
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period5/06/04 → …

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