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The Ferranti Mark 1 Gallery

  1. A CRT display from the Ferranti Mark 1 (the PERM page)
  2. Tom Kilburn standing beside the Ferranti Mark 1 Console
  3. The Ferranti Mark 1 Console
  4. The Ferranti Mark 1 Console (showing the I/O equipment better)
  5. Alan Turing standing beside the Ferranti Mark 1 Console
  6. The Ferranti Mark 1 under construction at the Moston factory (1950)

1.A CRT display from the Ferranti Mark 1

A CRT display from the Ferranti Mark 1

This display shows the contents of the PERM page (page 2) in a program running under Scheme A.

Although a CRT storage tube used an array of phosphor spots to store information, it could not in general be used to observe its current set of values, as the screen would be covered by a pick-up plate (to "read" the values) and the whole tube would be contained in a metal box to screen it from outside electrical interference. So display tubes were provided to show the current state of a selected storage tube, but laid out in a more useful way for viewing. (See display detail.)

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2.Tom Kilburn standing beside the Ferranti Mark 1 Console

Ferranti Mark 1 Console

This is the first Ferranti Mark 1, installed in the new Computing Machine Laboratory at the University in 1951. Sitting at the console is Keith Lonsdale (right) and B.W. (Brian) Pollard (left). B.W. Pollard was a key member of Ferranti working on the Ferranti Mark 1. (Unfortunately, due to some misunderstandings, he was not invited in time to come over from the US for the Celebrations.)

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3.The Ferranti Mark 1 Console

The Ferranti Mark 1 Console

The two larger CRT displays could be switched to show the current contents of any of the 8 pages. The four smaller displays (presumably) permanently showed the current contents of the four auxiliary tubes, A (80-bit Accumulator), B (8 20-bit B-lines), C (Control Address and Present Instruction) and D (current multiplicand value). See the next picture and comment for the Input/Output equipment.

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4.The Ferranti Mark 1 Console (showing the I/O equipment better)

The Ferranti Mark 1 Console (showing the I/O equipment better)

The Input medium was a 5-hole paper-tape reader (left) and a teleprinter and 5-hole paper tape punch (right).

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5. Alan Turing standing beside the Ferranti Mark 1 Console

Alan Turing standing beside the Ferranti Mark 1 Console

Seated again are Brian Pollard and Keith Lonsdale.

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6.The Ferranti Mark 1 under construction at the Moston factory

The Ferranti Mark 1 under construction at the Moston factory

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