Issue No.03 - July-September (2007 vol.29)
David Anderson , University of Portsmouth
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MAHC.2007.44
The dominant discourse in the history of computing holds that the world's first stored-program digital electronic computer--the Manchester "Baby"--was developed under the sole leadership and direction of the Department of Electro-Technics. This biography, which arises out of a detailed re-examination of the historical evidence, suggests that the physicist P.M.S. Blackett was much more influential in the genesis, enabling, staffing, and funding of the project than has previously been recognized.
Blackett, Baby, Manchester, SSEM, Kilburn, Newman, Williams
David Anderson, "Patrick Blackett: Physicist, Radical, and Chief Architect of the Manchester Computing Phenomenon", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.29, no. 3, pp. 82-85, July-September 2007, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2007.44