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54426 Letter from Maurice Wilkes to John Simmons

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Typescript letter from Maurice Wilkes, Head of the Mathematical Laboratory at Cambridge University and lead on the EDSAC team, to John Simmons at Lyons.  Wilkes is here recommending John Pinkerton for the engineering job at Lyons which would become central to the development of the LEO computer.

Pinkerton in fact was already a friend of Maurice Wilkes through their war work on radar with the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) - in this letter to Simmons, Wilkes describes Pinkerton as 'ideal' for the job of leading the LEO team.

 

Date : 1st December 1948

Physical Description : 1 item, paper; typescript

Transcript :

1st December, 1948.

J.R.M. Simmons Esq.,
Messrs. J. Lyons & Co. Ltd.,
Cadby Hall,
London, W.1.4.

Dear Mr. Simmons,

	I have just had a visit from J.M. Pinkerton who is interested in your vacant post for an electronic engineer. He replied to you advertisement in "Nature" and showed me a letter he had received from you in which you said that the project was connected with one in progress in this laboratory. As Pinkerton was a personal friend of mine he came to see me about it without waiting to be put in touch formally by you.

	I think Pinkerton would be an ideal man for your purpose - in fact when, some considerable time ago, you asked me if I knew anyone who would suit you Pinkerton was one of the people I approached. At that time he was hoping for a Fellowship at Trinity and was therefore not interested in a commercial appointment. I knew him at T.R.E. during the war and he has had just the type of experience required for our kind of work.

	No doubt you will be seeing Pinkerton and will form your own opinion of him. I just thought I would let you have this information without delay.

									Yours sincerely,
										[signed M.V. Wilkes]



Provenance :
Collected by Peter Bird as part of his research for his book, LEO - The First Business Computer (1994).



Archive References : CMLEO/PB/SC/19481201 , PJB/3/2/DOCS , DCMLEO20190510305

Related Topics:
This exhibit has a reference ID of CH54426. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
 

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