Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Lost chunk of pioneering Edsac computer found

 

An original part of one of the UK's pioneering computers has been found in the US.


The part is a significant chunk of Edsac - a machine built at Cambridge in the late 1940s to serve scientists at the university.


Edsac, the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, ran its first programs in May 1949 and through its working life aided many scientists by analysing data generated by many different experiments.


Before now, it had not been known what happened to the parts of Edsac after it was decommissioned and dismantled in the 1950s.




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