Elliott / NRDC 401 Mk I mainframe

Made:
1952-1953 in United Kingdom
maker:
Elliott Brothers (London) Limited
Elliott/NRDC 401 Computer MkI, c.1953 by Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd.. SCM - Computing & Data Processing Elliott/NRDC 401 Computer MkI, c.1953 by Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd.. SCM - Computing & Data Processing

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Elliott/NRDC 401 Computer MkI, c.1953 by Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd.. SCM - Computing & Data Processing
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Elliott/NRDC 401 Computer MkI, c.1953 by Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd.. SCM - Computing & Data Processing
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Elliott/NRDC 401 Computer MkI, c.1953

This computer was used for eleven years at the Rothamsted Agricultural Institute for everything from analysis of crop trials and insect damage to work in the mathematics of genetics. It was brought there by Frank Yates, a wartime operational researcher who established Rothamsted as a peacetime statistical computing centre.

Yates had previously worked under the eminent statistician, Ronald Fisher, who laid the foundation for much of modern statistical research, including randomisation, crucial in clinical as well as agricultural trials today. Yates himself tirelessly encouraged the use of statistical analysis in government research.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
1965-445
Measurements:
Main Unit of Cabinets with Top Unit, Base Unit and End Panels included:: 2465 mm x 4187 mm x 610 mm, 1118 kg
type:
mainframe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • computer
credit:
National Research Development Corporation