Alan Turing and colleagues working on the Ferranti Mark I Comp

Alan Turing and colleagues working on the Ferranti Mark I Computer in 1950

Alan Turing and colleagues working on the Ferranti Mark I Computer in 1950

Ferranti, a weapons and electronics company, was commissioned by the British government to manufacture this computer. It was based on a prototype known as the Manchester Mark I, which was built at Manchester University in 1946 under the supervision of Professor Max Newman. Alan Turing had previously been involved with the construction of the ACE (Automatic Computing Engine) at the National Physical Laboratory, and with the construction of ‘Colossus’, the world’s first electronic programmable computer, built at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, during WWII.

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