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Computing Britain

A 10 part BBC Radio 4 series presented by mathematician Hannah Fry from University College London. Broadcast on Monday to Friday between 14th and 25th September.

The series starts in the mid-1940s and finish in the early 21st century, concentrating the UKs part in computing history between these years. The series features the story behind machines such as LEO, EDSAC, Baby and ERNIE as well as later breakthroughs such as packet switching, home computing, the BBC Micro and ARM microprocessors.

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Comments on the program by the LEO Computer Society: Peter Byford: I heard the programme in your Computing Britain series about LEO. Whilst I was delighted that you made a programme about LEO and Lyons, I was disappointed about a number of aspects about it.

You used our film and other recordings that we provided, I should also state that we hold the Copyright of the LEO film, made in 1957 as I told you. Despite this there was no acknowledgement of the Society or mention of its excellent website - see below. I looked at your website and there was no mention there either. Please correct this when you can and acknowledge the Society.

You used a number of people in your programme who were not LEO people to describe Lyons and LEO and possibly because of this you made some mistakes. The only LEO people the late Ernest Kaye, Mary Coombs and Gloria Guy were taken from recordings/YouTube that we provided to you. The Society has a number of quite eloquent speakers who are, of course, knowledgeable about LEO. We could have checked your facts corrected any errors you have made before it was broadcast. One significant error was that you stated that LEO was operational in 1956 - it was in November 1951 when the first LEO program went operational.

I know Tilly Blythe of course, but who were the other people who were on the programme? Other than the presenter of course, they were not mentioned.

Date : 2015

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH53551. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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