name plate from Leo I or II computer, 1951-1960

Made:
1951-1960 in England
maker:
J Lyons and Company Limited

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LEO computer name plate from LEO I or II, made by J Lyons and Company Limited, England, 1951-1960.

J Lyons & Co was the first company to build and use computers for business purposes. The LEO I was closely modelled on the Cambridge EDSAC, one of Britain's first computers. The LEO I ran its first application, a bakery valuation, in 1951. LEO was originally designed specifically for use by Lyons. However, several other companies showed interest in using the machine and Lyons managers set up a subsidiary to expand the computer business. The donor of this object was originally employed by Lyons to assist with the development of the computers before Lyons moved into commercial manufacturing.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
2014-68
Materials:
metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
name plate
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Donated by Dorothy Chapman, Clifford Smith and Ernest Smith