Five 1951 BBC Broadcasts on Automatic Calculating Machines

Jones, Allan (2004). Five 1951 BBC Broadcasts on Automatic Calculating Machines. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 26(2) pp. 3–15.



In May and June 1951, five leading figures of British computing – Douglas Hartree, Max Newman, Alan Turing, Frederic ('Freddie') Williams, and Maurice Wilkes – spoke about their work on BBC radio. This article examines surviving texts of their broadcasts, and the speakers' principal points are summarized through quotations and
commentary. The broadcasts are placed in the context of contemporary developments in computing and the particular BBC service on which they were broadcast.

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