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Stan Holwill: My LEO Involvement & Memories
Date of birth 1932.
Abstract: Stan started his working life in 1947, with an interest in engineering, at an electrical engineering firm Clifford & Snell in Sutton Surrey.
I served a five years engineering apprenticeship. During this time I spent one day a week at Wimbledon Technical College studying for ONC & HNC, followed by National Service in the Royal Corp of Signals working as a radio mechanic.
On return to civilian life spotted an advertisement in Wireless World from J. Lyons for an engineer to work on digital computers. Applied, interviewed by Ernest Lenaerts and Peter Mann, accepted and joined LEO as junior computer engineer in January 1956, working at Cadby Hall on LEO I.
Rapidly promoted to prototype commissioning engineer on LEO II/I and then chief maintenance engineer for the Elms House LEO II. From November 1956 acted as managing commissioning engineer for LEO IIs until 1961 responsible for a series of LEO II customers starting with Stewarts and Lloyds (LEO II/3) and going on to LEO II/11. In 1963 appointed Manager of the Maintenance Development Department (London). Remained in post until end 1970 when Minerva Road was closed. Subsequently worked with other ICL machines until retirement in 1991. Enjoyed his 15 year career with LEO, with working with LEO II the highlight.Date : Unknown
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