Computers between 1940-50s

Date/Time: Tuesday 8 March 2011, 7.30pm

Location: Wilberforce Building (Room WI-LT12), University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX | Map

Speaker: Prof Jim Austin, University of York - The Jim Austin Computer Collection
Jim Austin is the part time curator of the Jim Austin Computer Museum, a collection of over 450 computers housed in east Yorkshire and is Professor of neural computation at the University of York where he lectures on computer architectures and undertakes research on Neural Computing and related subjects.

Abstract:

This talk will bring together the developing computing landscape that took place in the 1940’s and 1950’s. This was a period of rapid change with, in particular, the development of the first stored program computer, the Baby, at Manchester University.

The talk will focus on the development of the hardware, architectures and applications discussing the position of machines such as EDSAC, ENIAC, Colossus and the Manchester Baby in history.

The talk will also relate these to the items in the Jim Austin Computer collection (http://www.computermuseum.org.uk/) from this period such as the Marconi TAC, EDSAC II, the Powers Samas Tabulator and other items, parts of which will be brought along to view. 

Presentation (PDF)