John Grover

John Grover

Born December 1924, died 2000.

After National Service in the RAF where he gained his pilot’s wings, John Grover joined J Lyons & Co as a management trainee in 1947, working on bakery accounts. Recruited to the new LEO team as a programmer in 1950, took responsibility for a number of the early LEO applications, including the world’s first business application, the valuation of bakery output. 

David Caminer paid this tribute to John Grover. "John played an invaluable part in our very small team. He followed the methodology that we laid down unswervingly and made it possible to get it firmly established as newcomers were drawn in. He was a fine trainer and many of the young men and women who were recruited learned the new discipline working under him." 

He left LEO Computers in 1956 to join Derek Hemy at EMI, working on the EMIDEC. A short biographical sketch of John Grover can be found on page 204 in Peter Bird’s book LEO: the World’s First Business Computer.




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