Moving Targets: Elliott-Automation and the Dawn of the Computer Age in Britain, 1947 – 67
Moving Targets charts the gradual take-up of Information Technology in Britain, as seen through the eyes of one innovative company – Elliott-Automation – and remembered by those who worked for that company. The story touches on the strategic, technical and economic history of the 1950s and 1960s, through such themes as: secret computers built for the Admiralty and for GCHQ at Elliott’s Borehamwood Laboratories; the changing balance between analogue and digital techniques; the challenges of commercial data processing and the marketing arrangement between Elliott and NCR; the introduction of low-cost, reliable computers and their application to industrial control and to avionics; the growing importance of software and the Elliott Algol compiler; and the market rivalry between the Elliotts and other British computer manufacturers such as English Electric and Ferranti Ltd.
Simon Lavington, M.Sc., Ph.D., FIEE, FBCS, is emeritus professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex and the author of many publications. He retired in 2002 and is a committee member of the BCS Computer Conservation Society.
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Appendix 2 Technical Details of the Elliott Nicholas Computer
Appendix 3 Technical Details of the Elliott 400 Series Computers
Appendix 4 Technical Details of the Elliott 800 Series and 503 Computers
Appendix 5 Technical Details of the Elliott 502 Computer
Appendix 6 Technical Details of Elliott 900 Series Computers
Appendix 7 Technical Details of the Elliott 4100 Series Computers
Appendix 8 Elliott Digital Computer Deliveries and Costs
Appendix 9 Supplementary Avionics Details
NCR the 405 and Commercial Data Processing
Evolution of Elliott Computer Architectures
EARS and Aerials Elliotts Radar Achievements 19501986 By John Kinnear and Elizabeth Laverick
Airborne Computing System Developments at ElliottAutomation 19581988 A personal account By Peter Hearne 2006
Mergers Takeovers and Dispersals
The End of the Line
Appendix 1 Technical Details of the Elliott 152 and 153
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