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Tom Kilburn (1921-2001), Co-creator of the first stored programme computer

Sitter in 9 portraits
Computer engineer and educator. Read Mathematics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and after graduation in 1942 first met Sir Frederick Williams in the context of wartime radar development at Malvern before going on to build the world`s first operational stored-program computer in 1948, helping to perfect the storage device (the world`s first random electronic random access memory.) His design for the ATLAS computer in 1962 pioneered many modern concepts in paging, virtual memory and multiprogramming. Became Professor of Computer Science at Manchester (1964-81) and in 1965 started the first undergraduate degree in computer science in the United Kingdom.

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Tom Kilburn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 April 1965
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Tom Kilburn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 April 1965
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Tom Kilburn

by Carolyn Djanogly
bromide print, 2 November 1998
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Tom Kilburn

by Sefton Samuels
bromide print, 4 February 1999
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Tom Kilburn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 April 1965
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Tom Kilburn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 April 1965
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Tom Kilburn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 April 1965
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Tom Kilburn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 April 1965
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Tom Kilburn

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 April 1965
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