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60637 Flowchart 'The Main Organs of LEO', LEO I

Photograph of a flowchart or schematic showing the main constituent elements of LEO I and their interactions, taken from 'The Layman's Guide to LEO' (1952). Peter Bird notes in his caption that the terminology was still in its early stages.

Published in Bird, Peter  LEO - The First Business Computer  (Wokingham: Hasler, 1994), Fig 3.4, p74.

Related material: 54630 First chapter of The Layman's Guide to LEO in David Caminer's papers

Research comments: As Peter Bird noted the terminology used in this schematic is interesting. The 'chargers' are the input channels (punched cards etc), which they also referred to sometimes as 'inlets' (see for example draft chapters of the Layman's Guide to LEO). The 'recorders' are the outputs (teleprinter or magnetic tape), sometimes referred to as 'outlets'. The use of the word 'organ' in the title anthropomorphises the machine somewhat too. (LM)

Date : 1952

Physical Description : 1 photographic print; black and white

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

Archive References : CMLEO/PB/PH/6/60637 , PJB/3/2/44

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH60637. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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