Ferranti Computer Department - Report & History

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This is a report of some 180 pages dated (by the last entry) December 1964.  A PDF copy is available for download on request.

The contents include:

  • Introduction and history
  • FERUT (Small-Scale Experimental Machine (or "Baby"). Early test machine insrtalled in Toronto. The machine arrived on April 30, 1952, at the time it was major news. Named Ferut (Ferranti, University of Toronto.
  • Ferranti Mark I
  • The Computer Exhibition 1958
  • The Pegasus Computer
  • The Perseus Computer
  • Mercury
  • Atlas
  • CERN
  • Atlas 2
  • Orion
  • Nebula
  • OMP The supervisory Routine for ORION

The report also includes:

  • Details of competitors sales in January 1963
  • Input, Expenditure and Margins from 1956 to September 1963
  • Statistics of output from 1954 to 1963/64
  • List of computer sales for each product including Customer, Date, Scientific Applications 1951 to December 1964
  • Selling costs as percentages of input and output 1955-1963

This document was very kindly donated by David Mason who has given us the following notes:

"Recently I have been sorting out some old books and other materials left to me by my parents and I came across this document on the history of the computer department at Ferranti. My father, Boris Mason, worked in the Transformer division as a draughtsman before transferring to computer section in the early 1960s. I can remember being taken to the factory to have a look at this marvellous invention but only being impressed by the amount of noise which the punch tape machine was making.

The document he left me seems to be a first draft as there are a number of occasions (not too many) when the author employs a sequence of full-stops to be replaced later by an important name, date or place. I cannot find a frontispiece indicating who the author might be but he obviously worked for or with Ferranti computing from some time in the early fifties to possibly 1971. I am unsure to what extent it would duplicate, supplement or validate Simon Lavington's History of Manchester Computers but the amount of detail is impressive and the commentary well-informed.

Finally the last job I had before retiring was as a manager of the London Grid for Learning. So perhaps those visits with my father to Ferranti's had an effect after all."

Date : December 1964

Creator : Ferranti

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH19786. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
Article: Ferranti Computer Department - Report & History

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