Computing Books written by Simon Lavington

The following is a list of Computing Books written by Simon Lavington in the Centre for Computing History collection. It is not an exhaustive list of and other books may have been published. If you have a book that you would like to donate to our collection, please view our donations page.

There are 7 Computing Books written by Simon Lavington in our collection :
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A History of Manchester Computers Date: 1998 A History of Manchester Computers

As part of the 50th anniversary of computing celebrations in Manchester in 1998, Simon Lavington and the British Computer Society have produced a book describing the history of Manchester University's five prototype computers built over the period 1946 to 1975.

Anybody who missed the celebrations or would like to know more about Manchester's innovations is recommended to obtain a copy of this book. Its 56 pages provide a detailed description of the five prototype computers, place them in the context of contemporary computer developments elsewhere, and are copiously illustrated with photographs, charts and program listings.

"A History of Manchester Computers" by Simon Lavington is published by the British Computer Society at 1 Sanford Street, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 1HJ, and has ISBN number 0-902505-01-8. The price is £6.00 to BCS and CCS members, £8.00 to non-members. Contact Ian Jones, BCS Publications Manager, on 01793 417417 for further details.
 
Our copy was signed by and donated by Simon Lavington

Publisher: British Computer Society
Author: Simon Lavington
Platform: Manchester

Alan Turing and his Contemporaries Date: 6th February Alan Turing and his Contemporaries

Summarises the background to all the early British stored-program projects from 1945 1951. Refers to LEO Computers.

Edited by Simon Lavington.

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Published: 6 February 2012
ISBN13: 978-1906124908
Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.7 x 24.6 cm

Publisher: BCS
Author: Simon Lavington
Platform:

Early British Computers Date: 1980 Early British Computers

Paperback copy

This book, published in 1980, explores British computing from the 1930s to the 1960s, covering both technical and general historical aspects of the story.

From the blurb:

'Much of the pioneering work on modern comptuers took place in Britain ebtween 1945 and 1955, including such landmarks as the world's first stored-program computer, the first commercially available computer, and the first transistorised computer.  This book tells the story of these and other machines and their designers.  Beginning with a survey of computing in the 1930s, it includes secret wartime developments, post-war research in universities and government establishments, and the work of companies such as Elliott Brothers, English Electric, Ferranti and Lyons in the 1950s.  From here the growth of an indigenous computer industry is traced up to the period of merger and consolidation in the early 1960s.  Contemporary American developments highlight the interplay of ideas on both sides of the Atlantic.'

Author: Simon Lavington

Publisher: University of Manchester Press
Author: Simon Lavington
Platform:

Early British Computers: The Story of Vintage Computers and the People Who Built Them Date: 1980 Early British Computers: The Story of Vintage Computers and the People Who Built Them

This book, published in 1980, explores British computing from the 1930s to the 1960s, covering both technical and general historical aspects of the story.

From the blurb:

'Much of the pioneering work on modern computers took place in Britain between 1945 and 1955, including such landmarks as the world's first stored-program computer, the first commercially available computer, and the first transistorised computer.  This book tells the story of these and other machines and their designers.  Beginning with a survey of computing in the 1930s, it includes secret wartime developments, post-war research in universities and government establishments, and the work of companies such as Elliott Brothers, English Electric, Ferranti and Lyons in the 1950s.  From here the growth of an indigenous computer industry is traced up to the period of merger and consolidation in the early 1960s.  Contemporary American developments highlight the interplay of ideas on both sides of the Atlantic.'

Chapter 13, pages 68-77, gives a brief history of LEO and English Electric, including a timeline.

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Publisher: University of Manchester Press
Author: Simon Lavington
Platform:

Early Computing in Britain, Ferranti Ltd and Government Funding 1948-1958 Date: 2019 Early Computing in Britain, Ferranti Ltd and Government Funding 1948-1958

Published 2019

Springer Computer History Series. A valuable addition to the exposure UK computing developments in the early years of computers with a focus on the initiatives taken by the Ferranti Company, in particular with their Mark I. LEO is only referred to in Appendix D.

Publisher: Springer
Author: Simon Lavington
Platform:

Moving Targets: Elliott-Automation and the Dawn of the Computer Age 1947-1967 Date: 23rd February Moving Targets: Elliott-Automation and the Dawn of the Computer Age 1947-1967

A history of Elliott-Automation. It has a number of references to Lyons and LEO Computers.

ISBN-13: 978-1848829329
Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4 x 23.4 cm

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Publisher: Springer
Author: Simon Lavington
Platform: Elliott

The Pegasus Story Date: 2000 The Pegasus Story

A history of a vintage British computer by Simon Lavington
 
The innovative, British-designed computers named Pegasus first appeared in 1956 and enjoyed long and successful careers. This book discusses the origins of the Pegasus project from wartime know-how through to the involvement of Ferranti Ltd, giving tribute to the remarkable achievements of the individual designers. The book also details the technical aspects of Pegasus from an engineering and programming perspective, as well as comparing its performance with other contemporary designs and modern PCs. The role of Pegasus in the marketplace, and its influence on the UK and international computer industry of the 1960s and 1970s are considered. This book will be of interest to all those keen to learn more about one of the most influential computer artefacts in the history of the British information revolution.
 
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Science Museum (2000)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1900747405
ISBN-13: 978-1900747400
 
Our copy is signed by and was donated by Simon Lavington

Publisher: Science Museum
Author: Simon Lavington
Platform: Pegasus

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