Computer Laboratory

The Relics Project

Archive photos

Early Years


Professor Sir John Lennard-Jones ScD FRS
Founder of the Mathematical Laboratory
(by courtesy of the Department of Chemistry)


Mathematical Laboratory courtyard entrance


The Mallock Machine, 1933


Differential Analyser, 1938


Meccano Differential Analyser in Theoretical Chemistry room
in the Physical Chemistry Lab, 1938.
From left: A.F.Devonshire, J.Corner, M.V.Wilkes

EDSAC I


EDSAC I, June 1947, experimental memory tank


EDSAC I, 1947 P.J.Farmer R.Piggott M.V.Wilkes W.Renwick S.A.Barton G.J.Stevens J.M.Bennett
(posed photograph)


EDSAC I, 1947/8 P.J.Farmer R.Piggott M.V.Wilkes W.A.Renwick
(posed photograph)


EDSAC I, P.J.Farmer R.Piggott M.V.Wilkes W.A.Renwick S.A.Barton T.Gold
(posed photograph)


EDSAC I, 9-inch tubes used for monitoring


EDSAC I, experimental magnetic tape rack


M.V.Wilkes, EDSAC I in construction


M.V.Wilkes, mercury delay line


M.V.Wilkes, mercury delay line (2)


EDSAC I in construction


EDSAC I, under construction, W.Renwick, M.Wilkes


EDSAC I, W.Renwick, M.Wilkes


July 1948 lab members

Top row, from left: D.Willis, L.Foreman, G.Stevens, R.Piggott, P.Farmer, P.Chamberlain
Middle row, from left: D.Wheeler, W.Lenaerts, J.Steel, R.Bonham-Carter, C.Mumford, S.Barton
Bottom row, from left: E.McKee (later Breakwell), J.Bennett, B.Noble, M.Wilkes, W.Renwick, E.Mutch, H.Gordon


May 1949 lab members

Top row, from left: D.Willis, J.Stanley, L.Foreman, G.Stevens, S.Barton, P.Farmer, P.Chamberlain
Middle row, from left: H.Smith, C.Mumford, H.Pye, A.Thomas, E.McKee, J.Steel
Bottom row, from left: R.Bonham-Carter, E.Mutch, W.Renwick, M.Wilkes, J.Bennett, D.Wheeler, B.Worsley


EDSAC I, first page of log book


EDSAC I, R.Hill operating


EDSAC I, C.Froese


EDSAC I, chassis showing component side


EDSAC I, June 1948


EDSAC I, 1948, W.Renwick with 5 hole tape reader and Creed teleprinter


EDSAC I, January 1949


EDSAC I, A late view showing the experimental magnetic tape rack on the extreme right, S.A.Barton operating


EDSAC I control desk, E.Page


EDSAC I, S.A.Barton with display used by operator


EDSAC I, nearly complete, W.Renwick

EDSAC II


EDSAC II during construction


EDSAC II, 7th October 1959.

V.Webber (later Barron) seated by console.
M.Mutch standing.
Liz Swann (later Howe) punching input tape.


EDSAC II, control matrix rack


EDSAC II, back wiring


S.A.Barton, EDSAC II, showing chassis construction with miniature valves


EDSAC II


EDSAC II, 10th May 1960, user queue


EDSAC II, 1965, M.Mutch


EDSAC II, core store on the right


EDSAC II open


EDSAC II desk


EDSAC II main back wiring


EDSAC II microprogram


EDSAC II engineers


A tester for EDSAC II chassis

Titan


Titan, in construction (from the public gallery)


S.A.Barton, Titan, showing power supplies


Titan. Visit of members of Institute of Chartered Accountants to Titan,
on occasion of their D.P. conference at Trinity College.
From left: A.Curtis, E.Mutch, Mr.Robson (Chairman of Conference),
J.Bowers, S.Peters, Mr.Elmslie


Titan, 1965


Titan machine room


Titan


Titan, moving out into the new building, 1970


Foam cutting machine, 1st version, 1974.


Calcomp plotter

CAP


The CAP, March 1979


The CAP, 1979, showing the Ring connection

Cambridge Ring


Cambridge Ring, Summer 1979


R.M.Needham and D.J.Wheeler explaining the Ring to the Chancellor

M.V.Wilkes


M.V.Wilkes, March 1974 Sigma Users Group, Gatwick


M.V.Wilkes retirement, July 1980, Corn Exchange St.


M.V.Wilkes, Titan Room


M.V.Wilkes retirement, July 1980, Titan Room

Lab buildings


E.Mutch, pointing to where the floor level of the new computer room would be


Robin Lock outside the Mathematical Laboratory. The sign is just about legible on the door behind him. (Photo courtesy of Peter Gray)


Demolition of Mathematical Laboratory, 1969
New Lab just visible on far right


Demolition of Mathematical Laboratory, 1969

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