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IEEE Milestone Award Event: Celebrating Two Major Landmarks in Computer History

The IEEE History Committee has approved two IEEE Milestone Awards for major developments in computer history which took place in Manchester. Bronze plaques marking these awards will be unveiled in Manchester on the afternoon of 21st June 2022, the 74th anniversary of the first program run by the Manchester Baby computer.

There will also be a morning event in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry at which the replica Baby computer will be demonstrated by  a team of volunteers and there will be a display of material from the Ferranti archives.

The two awards are for the Manchester University “Baby” Computer and its Derivatives, 1948-1951 and the Atlas Computer and the Invention of Virtual Memory 1957-1962. After the plaque unveilings there will be talks describing these two developments and the reasons why they are considered historically important.

IEEE Milestone Awards Event

Manchester Computers – Baby and Atlas

Manchester Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Road,
Manchester, M3 4FP
10:30 and 11:15 21st June 2022

10:30 and 11:15 Two demonstrations of the replica Baby computer, built for the 50th anniversary in 1998. One demonstration will take place at 10:30 and the other at 11:15. Located in the Revolution Manchester Gallery.

 Kilburn Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
13:00 21st June 2022

13:00 – 14:00 North entrance, ground floor of the Kilburn Building.
Refreshments (tea, coffee), displays of computer history, vintage films of Manchester computers in the lecture theatre.

Welcome & Introduction
14:00 Jim Miles, University of Manchester, Local Meeting Chair
14:10 Nalin Thakkar, Vice President for Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester
14:20 Steve Welby, COO IEEE and José Moura, Former President IEEE

Introduction to the IEEE Milestone Program
14:20 Brian Berg, IEEE History Committee

Unveiling of the Plaques
14:40 José Moura, Former President IEEE and Steve Welby, COO IEEE will present the two plaques to Nalin Thakkar, Vice President, The University of Manchester


 Technical Seminar
15:20 Simon Lavington: The Manchester “Baby” and its derivatives
15:40 Roland Ibbett: Atlas
16:00 Peter Denning: Virtual Memory Today
16:20 Steve Furber: Current Computer Science Research at Manchester

Closing Remarks
16:40 Izzet Kale, Chair, UK and Republic of Ireland Section, IEEE
16:45 Vote of thanks by Roderick Muttram, Meeting Chair

17:00 – 18:00 in the 1st floor foyer and courtyard of the Kilburn Building

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