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On Alan Turing and the Origins of Digital Computers

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian RandellORCiD



This paper documents an investigation into the role that the late Alan turing played in the development of electronic computers. Evidence is presented that during the war he was associated with a group that designed and built a series of special purpose electronic computers, which were in, at least a limited sense 'program controlled', and that the origins of several post-war general purpose computer projects in Britain can be traced back to these wartime computers.

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Author(s): Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1972

Pages: 40

Report Number: 33

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne