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Percy Ludgate (1883-1922): Ireland's First Computer Designer

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Percy Ludgate published the world's second design of a programmable digital computer over a hundred years ago and died in Dublin a hundred years ago this year. His published papers lay un-noticed for another sixty years until unearthed and highlighted by Professor Brian Randell. Both Ludgate and his machine then remained shrouded in mystery for a further fifty years. This book presents much of the original material, plus lifts the veil with extensive new information on the family, life and work of Percy Ludgate, including two very significant discoveries.

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Editor(s): Coghlan B, Randell B

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2022

Number of Pages: 246

Print publication date: 26/04/2022

Acceptance date: 26/04/2022

Publisher: The John Gabriel Byrne Computer Science Collection, Trinity College, Dublin

Place Published: Dublin

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781911566298