The University of Manchester universal high-speed digital computing machine

Kilburn, Tom (1921-2001). The University of Manchester universal high-speed digital computing machine. In Nature 164 (1949): 684-687. Whole number. 677-720pp. 247 x 175 mm. Disbound from volume; without wrappers. Outer leaves a bit loose but very good.

First Edition, journal issue of Kilburn’s paper describing the final version of the Manchester Mark 1, one of the earliest stored-program computers. Kilburn, one of the pioneers of computer science, collaborated with F. C. Williams on the prototype Manchester Baby—the world’s first operable electronic stored-program computer—and on the Baby’s successor, the Manchester Mark 1. Both machines were designed and built at Manchester University in the late 1940s; Alan Turing, who joined the university’s Computing Machine Laboratory in September 1948, designed the Mark 1’s base-32 encoding scheme.

The first or “intermediary” version of the Mark 1 became operational in April 1949, and the “final specification” version went on line the following October. The machine incorporated important innovations such as index registers and the Williams-Kilburn CRT tube, the first random-access digital storage device. The Manchester Mark 1 served as the prototype for the Ferranti Mark 1, the first commercially available general-purpose stored program electronic computer.

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