Recollections of the Mark 1
and Computing in Manchester up to 1965
These pages contain a set of formal and informal documents, written after the
1998 celebrations, which provide memories of the Mark 1
era at Manchester, and the following period up to (say) 1965, when Atlas was
fully up and running in a stable form.
If you want to contribute to this, please contact me at
I am happy to accept material in plain text, Word, HTML and pdf.
Recollections of Manchester University
(1945 - 1955)
by Tommy Thomas. These are some general
recollections by Tommy Thomas, who joined the Mark 1 team in October 1948
as a PhD student, to work on the drums. They include the following two
pieces, which are also referred to in the main Mark 1 story on other pages.
Recollections of "Magnetic Drum"
Storage for the Mark I (1948 - 1951)
by Tommy Thomas
The Significance of Brooker's
Autocodes in Taking the Early
Manchester Machines into the Market. (1954 -1960)
by Tommy Thomas
Chemistry in the 1950s
by Professor Huw O.
Department of Chemistry, York University, Toronto, Canada.
Huw Pritchard, when he was at the Department of
Chemistry at Manchester,
did a lot of work on the Mark 1 in collaboration with
Frank Sumner, before and after Frank joined
Tom Kilburn's team after getting his PhD in Chemistry in 1954.
This page is a conversion into HTML of a paper
published in the Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling,
19, 623-627 (2001), and is contained in
Huw Pritchard's web pages.
Personal Memories of the Late Professor Tom
Kilburn CBE FRS by Joan Hart. Joan was Tom's private
secretary for over 20 years. These memories were written at the time of Tom's
50th Anniversary pages
(The Mark 1 story,
at : the
School of Computer Science,
The University of Manchester
Maintainer : Brian
Napper; last updated October 2001
Copyright The University of Manchester 2001