- Full Description
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
- The Navy Comes to Borehamwood.
- A Glint on the Horizon.
- The Secret Digit.
- Analogue Expertise.
- NRDC and the Market.
- Process Control and Automation: the Bagrit Vision.
- Automation: the Machines and the Applications.
- Software and Applications at Borehamwood.
- NCR, the 405 and Commercial Data Processing.
- Evolution of Elliott Computer Architectures.
- EARS and Aerials: Elliott’s Radar Achievements.
- Airborne Computing System Developments at Elliott
- Automation, 1958 – 1988.
- Mergers, Take
- overs and Dispersals.
- The End of the Line.
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