Work begins on bringing pioneering 1940's computer back to life

Edsac rebuild project manager Andrew Herbert said that EDSAC marked a change in what computers were used for, as the first computer to be used in scientific research.

"The late Professor Sir Maurice Wilkes, now widely regarded as the father of British computing, had the vision and the drive to realise the potential of computers to take on the mathematical calculations that underpin scientific research," he said.

"The impact of Edsac has been profound, so we aim to celebrate the achievements of its creators and to inspire future generations of engineers and computer scientists."

The machine's influence had an impact beyond the world of science, with the design of the Lyons Electronic Office, the first computer used in business, closely modelled on the Edsac.

Photo credit: Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge


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