Skip to content
Back to outputs

Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Standard

Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer. / Anderson, David; Delve, Janet.

In: IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2007, p. 90-102.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harvard

Anderson, D & Delve, J 2007, 'Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer' IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 90-102. DOI: 10.1109/MAHC.2007.54

APA

Anderson, D., & Delve, J. (2007). Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 29(4), 90-102. DOI: 10.1109/MAHC.2007.54

Vancouver

Anderson D, Delve J. Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. 2007;29(4):90-102. Available from, DOI: 10.1109/MAHC.2007.54

Author

Anderson, David ; Delve, Janet. / Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer. In: IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. 2007 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 90-102

Bibtex

@article{504e2ce266304fdca160dad75b2a047d,
title = "Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer",
abstract = "This biographical piece examines the life and work of the inventive researcher, memory maker, and electrical engineer par excellence, Frederic Calland Williams, whose contribution to the building of the Manchester Baby—the world's first electronic stored-program computer—was so invaluable. Williams is commonly, but incorrectly, characterized as the overall leader of the project while his engineering contribution is, equally often, understated. Based on a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, Williams is resituated in his correct role as the project's chief engineer. Jacques Vaucanson made a significant contribution to the development of the textile industry in the 18th century, particularly with his automatic perforated-cylinder-driven loom, which was later improved upon by Jacquard. His work on automata is also noteworthy. Up until now there have been few reliable biographical details available concerning Jacquard. Recent research by a local Lyons historian has unearthed Jacquard's true identity as Joseph Marie Charles, together with a welter of new information about this mysterious but influential figure who developed punched-card looms.",
author = "David Anderson and Janet Delve",
year = "2007",
doi = "10.1109/MAHC.2007.54",
language = "English",
volume = "29",
pages = "90--102",
journal = "IEEE Annals of the History of Computing",
issn = "1058-6180",
publisher = "IEEE Computer Society",
number = "4",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Frederic Calland Williams: the Manchester Baby's chief engineer

AU - Anderson,David

AU - Delve,Janet

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - This biographical piece examines the life and work of the inventive researcher, memory maker, and electrical engineer par excellence, Frederic Calland Williams, whose contribution to the building of the Manchester Baby—the world's first electronic stored-program computer—was so invaluable. Williams is commonly, but incorrectly, characterized as the overall leader of the project while his engineering contribution is, equally often, understated. Based on a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, Williams is resituated in his correct role as the project's chief engineer. Jacques Vaucanson made a significant contribution to the development of the textile industry in the 18th century, particularly with his automatic perforated-cylinder-driven loom, which was later improved upon by Jacquard. His work on automata is also noteworthy. Up until now there have been few reliable biographical details available concerning Jacquard. Recent research by a local Lyons historian has unearthed Jacquard's true identity as Joseph Marie Charles, together with a welter of new information about this mysterious but influential figure who developed punched-card looms.

AB - This biographical piece examines the life and work of the inventive researcher, memory maker, and electrical engineer par excellence, Frederic Calland Williams, whose contribution to the building of the Manchester Baby—the world's first electronic stored-program computer—was so invaluable. Williams is commonly, but incorrectly, characterized as the overall leader of the project while his engineering contribution is, equally often, understated. Based on a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, Williams is resituated in his correct role as the project's chief engineer. Jacques Vaucanson made a significant contribution to the development of the textile industry in the 18th century, particularly with his automatic perforated-cylinder-driven loom, which was later improved upon by Jacquard. His work on automata is also noteworthy. Up until now there have been few reliable biographical details available concerning Jacquard. Recent research by a local Lyons historian has unearthed Jacquard's true identity as Joseph Marie Charles, together with a welter of new information about this mysterious but influential figure who developed punched-card looms.

U2 - 10.1109/MAHC.2007.54

DO - 10.1109/MAHC.2007.54

M3 - Article

VL - 29

SP - 90

EP - 102

JO - IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

T2 - IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

JF - IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

SN - 1058-6180

IS - 4

ER -

ID: 73738