All part of UNIVAC's hype...
Britain was the birthplace of commercial computers. The Ferranti Mark 1 produced in 1951, the first one went to the university but the next nine were sold commercially, (including in Canada so the US might just have noticed). However there is a lot of Sperry hype on how Mauchly & Eckert invented the first computer. Not true as the US courts showed in 1973. However it wasn't the Brits it was Atanasoff who built the first proper digital stored program computer, but the Brits were the first to commercialise them. Next thing you'll believe is that Edison invented the electric light bulb.
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