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Sir Philip Sidney Stott, Blue Plaque
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arranging for a Blue Plaque for this
remarkable Chadderton born scientist.
the help of Tom Kilburn,
Freddie Williams, Geoff Tootill and his fellow professors, working
Manchester University over 50 years ago, it is unlikely you would
be reading this
page today in its present form.
completely unaware that the project they were working on, The
known as 'the Baby', would become so significant an
information technology used to be a very slow process using
cables and plug boards.
research was made possible after
the Ministry of Aviation awarded the team a contract to see if
the idea of an electronic
11.am Monday 21st June, 1948 Geoff and Tom Kilburn knew
they'd made history having just witnessed their
machine, affectionately known as Baby, execute
a stored computer program to calculate the
of a number successfully.
1948 and 1949 they produced
the Manchester Mark 1 and so created the world's
first wholly electronic computer.
Meteoroligical Office in
Bracknell lost no time in taking up this new invention so enabling its
staff to forecast the
accurately Geoff Tootill subsequently left to
join Ferranti to add his expertise to eventually produce
Ferranti Mark 1
4th 2005, Geoff was honoured with the naming of his own
Laboratory, the Tootill Teaching Laboratory in the University School of
Computer Science. This laboratory will be based in the Kilburn Building
and will be used to train engineers in Computer Science.
reproduced by kind permission of the Manchester Evening News, and
Tootill, when contacted was very surprised and said, "to be nominated
for a blue plaque is an honour.
heard nothing for 50 years and since then things have happened,
including the laboratory named after me".
September 2014, two members of the Chadderton Historical Society on a
break in Manchester took the opportunity to examine the 'Baby'
experimental computer. We also chatted to the stall minder; and
received some very useful information. It turns out that he knew about
Geoff Tootill but had little information other that we already knew
Photographs of the exiibit at
the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
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