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Watch Again | IEEE Milestone Awards Event – Manchester University “Baby” Computer and its Derivatives, 1948-1951 and the Atlas Computer and the Invention of Virtual Memory 1957-1962

The IEEE History Committee approved two IEEE Milestone Awards for major developments in computer history which took place in Manchester; the Manchester University “Baby” Computer and its Derivatives, 1948-1951 and the Atlas Computer and the Invention of Virtual Memory 1957-1962.

During the afternoon event in the Kilburn Building at The University of Manchester, bronze plaques marking these awards were unveiled, folloowed by a series of talks describing these two developments and the reasons why they are considered historically important.

The plaque unveiling was performed by IEEE Past President Professor Jose Moura, IEEE COO Steve Welby and Richard Jones, Vice President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement.

The previous evening invited guests attended a celebratory dinner at the Regency Hyatt Hotel in Manchester.  The morning event in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry included a demonstration of the replica Baby computer by a team of volunteers on the 74th anniversary of the first program run by the Manchester Baby.  the event also included a display of material from the Ferranti archives.

In addition to the plaque unveiling, the afternoon program included:

Welcome & Introduction

  • Jim Miles, University of Manchester, Local Meeting Chair
  • Richard Jones, Vice President Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement, University of Manchester
  • Steve Welby, IEEE Executive Director & COO
  • José Moura, Former President IEEE
  • Brian Berg, IEEE History Committee

Technical Seminar

  • Simon Lavington: The Manchester “Baby” and its derivatives
  • Roland Ibbett: Atlas
  • Peter Denning: Virtual Memory Today
  • Steve Furber: Current Computer Science Research at Manchester

Closing Remarks

  • Mike Hinchey, Past Chair, UK and Ireland Section, IEEE
  • Vote of thanks by Roderick Muttram, Meeting Chair