• 1929 September 18
    (b.) -
    2005 December 06


A British electrical engineer and computer pioneer who helped to design the world's first transistorized computer, he was born in Australia, returned to England with his parents and later studied electrical engineering at Manchester University, graduating in 1950. In 1953, while still a post graduate research student at Manchester University, he achieved one of the first major landmarks in his career with his design and development work on the Metrovick 950, the world's first computer made from transistors rather than valves or electromechanical devices. The computer used early point contact transistors which were the first generation of transistors, however later developments of the machine used more advanced junction transistors which offered better performance. He also worked on the Ferranti Mark I computer, a commercial development of the Manchester Mark 1 computer and he designed the 100-nanosecond read-only memory for the Atlas computer. He remained at Manchester University until 1960, when he took up a post at Associated Electrical Industries as a research engineer. In 1967, he left AEI and joined the Sussex University's electrical engineering faculty as a lecturer. His research at Sussex University included work on computer graphics, computer networking systems and VLSI accelerator chips for generating 3 dimensional images.
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    1929 September 18
  • Date of Death:

    2005 December 06
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    Designer and developer of the world's first transistorized computer, the Metrovick 950
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