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Peter Wharton: Interview

Interviewee: Peter Wharton DOB: 1941
Interviewer: John Daines
Date of Interview: November 2nd 2016
Editors: David Phillips (P1) and Bob Marsh (P2) 
Additional Editing: Frank Land (FL)
Joined LEO: 1962
Role in LEO: Programmer

Abstract: After West Bromwich Grammar School and graduating with a maths degree from Leicester University. Following the advice of a friend who had become a computer programmer, responded to a LEO job advert, was called for an aptitude test at Hartree House. Offered job as trainee programmer using CLEO, and with his background in maths was assigned to John Caldwell’s Mathematical Programming Group at Minerva Road. Worked on production of linear programming package for solving the transport problem principally for Shell. Notes that unlike the programming groups at Hartree House the Minerva Road group had not adopted a setoff programming, testing and implementation procedures. Moved to join programming teams in Hartree House, and in 1964 after merger with EE selected as member of EELM team to work on RCA Spectra 70 and in particular the design of multiprogramming software for what was to become System 4. Married fellow LEO programmer Sheila Milne. On return to UK moved to Kidsgrove. With formation of ICL advanced rapidly at Company level rising to Chief Engineer working under Technical Director. Became involved in collaborating with Universities including appointment as Visiting Professor at Southampton University and research collaborating with Durham University.

Copyright: Leo Computers Society.
Restrictions: None known
(Recording and transcript to be added.)

Date : 2nd November 2016

Creator : Leo Computers Society

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