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John Page: Interview

Interviewee: John Page. DOB: 1944
Interviewer: Dag Spicer, Computer History Museum, CA.
Date of Interview: 11.04.2017
Joined LEO: 1958?

Role in LEO: Joined as apprentice engineer in Minerva Road, became commissioning engineer, and chief commissioning engineer on a number of LEO IIIs.

Left LEO:  Made redundant after formation of ICL.

Abstract: Scholarship boy at St Clements Dane, public School.  Interested in radio and electronics as a hobby. Chance encounter with friend working at Lyons led to application to LEO.  Did well in LEO aptitude test and offered job as engineering apprentice in Minerva Road.  As such worked on various engineering jobs before joining Tony Morgan’s commissioning team.  Provides fascinating account of way LEO operations worked to ensure to make working computers and working systems. Rose to become chief commissioning engineer on a number of LEO IIIs including Post Office and Czech machines.  Left LEO after merger created ICL, but continued his career in computing, but changing  from engineering to software management including a spell working for Hewlett Packard and moving to live in US.  

Left LEO:  Made redundant after formation of ICL

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

Date : 11th April 2017

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH62998. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

John Page: Interview

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