Golden Anniversary Celebration Bridgewater Hall
3.15 p.m., Wednesday 17 June, 1998
The event lasted two hours. It was by invitation and ticket only, with all
1,800 available tickets taken.
The proceedings were expertly compèred by Beverly Ashworth.
The Birth of the Baby
A dramatic reconstruction of the invention of the world's first stored-program
Emeritus Professor Tom Kilburn
A personal perspective on the events leading up to June 1948/1998.
The Replica Switch-On
A live satellite link to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester to
see the replica "Baby", built by a team from the Computer Conservation Society,
led by Chris Burton.
Professor Kilburn and Lady Williams performed the formal
"switch-on" of the machine.
The Ferranti Partnership
Sebastian de Ferranti reflected on the successful partnership forged
between Ferranti and the University of Manchester.
The ICL partnership
Keith Todd, Chief Executive, ICL plc, looked at how ICL and the
University have kept Manchester at the forefront of computing.
The Computer Revolution
Three short presentations explored the exciting role which computers will play
in all our lives in the not too distant future.
By Bill Perry, Senior Project Manager, Emerging Projects Group, Barclays
A World of Bits & Chaos
By Professor Peter Cochrane, Head of research at British Telecom.
Converging on the Consumer
By Judy Nunn, Senior Technical Advisor, Broadcast Technical Unit, BBC.
Honorary Degree Ceremony
The Chancellor of the University of Manchester, The Lord Flowers,
presided at a special ceremony to confer honorary degrees:
Master of Science Christopher Burton
The Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Harris presented the honorary
Doctor of Science Tom Kilburn
Doctor of Laws Sebastian de Ferranti
Doctor of Science Michael Brady
Manchester - The Digital Summer '98
Lord Mayor of Manchester highlighted
Manchester's role in today's IT industry and outlined plans for a Digital
Summer of celebrations.
Copyright The University of Manchester 1998, 1999