Moving Targets

Elliott-Automation and the Dawn of the Computer Age in Britain, 1947 – 67

By Simon Lavington

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-8488-2932-9
  • 736 Pages
  • User Level: Science
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2011
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • eBook Price: $99.00
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This book charts the take-up of IT in Britain, as seen through the eyes of one company. It examines how the dawn of the digital computer age in Britain took place for different applications, from early government-sponsored work on secret defence projects, to the growth of the market for Elliott computers for civil applications. Features: charts the establishment of Elliott’s Borehamwood Research Laboratories, and the roles played by John Coales and Leon Bagrit; examines early Elliott digital computers designed for classified military applications and for GCHQ; describes the analogue computers developed by Elliott-Automation; reviews the development of the first commercial Elliot computers and the growth of applications in industrial automation; includes a history of airborne computers by a former director of Elliott Flight Automation; discusses the computer architectures and systems software for Elliott computers; investigates the mergers, takeovers and eventual closure of the Borehamwood laboratories.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. The Navy Comes to Borehamwood.
  2. A Glint on the Horizon.
  3. The Secret Digit.
  4. Analogue Expertise.
  5. NRDC and the Market.
  6. Process Control and Automation: the Bagrit Vision.
  7. Automation: the Machines and the Applications.
  8. Software and Applications at Borehamwood.
  9. NCR, the 405 and Commercial Data Processing.
  10. Evolution of Elliott Computer Architectures.
  11. EARS and Aerials: Elliott’s Radar Achievements.
  12. Airborne Computing System Developments at Elliott
  13. Automation, 1958 – 1988.
  14. Mergers, Take
  15. overs and Dispersals.
  16. The End of the Line.
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