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'''Elliott Brothers (London) Ltd''' was an early computer company of the 1950s–60s in the United Kingdom, tracing its descent from a firm of instrument makers founded in London around 1804. The research laboratories were based at Borehamwood, originally set up in 1946. The first Elliott 152 computer appeared in 1950.
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'''Elliott Automation''' was an early computer company of the 1950s–60s in the United Kingdom, tracing its descent from a firm of instrument makers [[Elliott Bros]] founded in London around 1800. The research laboratories, based at Borehamwood, were originally set up in 1946. The first Elliott 152 computer appeared in 1950.
  
The well-known computer scientist, Sir Tony Hoare was an employee there from August 1960 for eight years and wrote an ALGOL 60 compiler for the Elliott 803. He also worked on an operating system Elliott 503 Mark II for the computer, although this was less successful and abandoned along with "over thirty man-years of programming effort." (c.f. The Emperor's Old Clothes)
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The well-known computer scientist, Sir Tony Hoare was an employee from August 1960 for 8 years during which time he wrote an ALGOL 60 compiler for the Elliott 803. He also worked on an operating system Elliott 503 Mark II for the computer, although this was less successful and abandoned along with "over thirty man-years of programming effort."  
  
 
John Lansdown pioneered the use of computers as an aid to planning; making perspective drawings on an Elliott 803 computer in 1963, modeling a building's lifts and services, plotting the annual fall of daylight across its site, as well as authoring his own computer aided design applications.
 
John Lansdown pioneered the use of computers as an aid to planning; making perspective drawings on an Elliott 803 computer in 1963, modeling a building's lifts and services, plotting the annual fall of daylight across its site, as well as authoring his own computer aided design applications.
  
'''Elliott Automation''' (as it had become) merged with the [[English Electric Co]] and was then taken over by International Computers and Tabulators ([[ICT]]); this marriage was forced by the British Government, who believed that the U.K. required a strong national computer company, shortly afterwards in 1968. The combined company was called International Computers Ltd. ([[ICL]]). Sometime later, [[ICL]] was acquired by [[GEC]].
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'''Elliott Automation''' merged with the [[English Electric Co]] and was then taken over by International Computers and Tabulators ([[ICT]]); this marriage was forced by the British Government, who believed that the U.K. required a strong national computer company, shortly afterwards in 1968. The combined company was called International Computers Ltd. ([[ICL]]). Sometime later, [[ICL]] was acquired by [[GEC]].
  
 
==Sources of Information==
 
==Sources of Information==
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Automation] Wikipedia
 
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Automation] Wikipedia

Revision as of 11:08, 17 May 2010

Elliott Automation was an early computer company of the 1950s–60s in the United Kingdom, tracing its descent from a firm of instrument makers Elliott Bros founded in London around 1800. The research laboratories, based at Borehamwood, were originally set up in 1946. The first Elliott 152 computer appeared in 1950.

The well-known computer scientist, Sir Tony Hoare was an employee from August 1960 for 8 years during which time he wrote an ALGOL 60 compiler for the Elliott 803. He also worked on an operating system Elliott 503 Mark II for the computer, although this was less successful and abandoned along with "over thirty man-years of programming effort."

John Lansdown pioneered the use of computers as an aid to planning; making perspective drawings on an Elliott 803 computer in 1963, modeling a building's lifts and services, plotting the annual fall of daylight across its site, as well as authoring his own computer aided design applications.

Elliott Automation merged with the English Electric Co and was then taken over by International Computers and Tabulators (ICT); this marriage was forced by the British Government, who believed that the U.K. required a strong national computer company, shortly afterwards in 1968. The combined company was called International Computers Ltd. (ICL). Sometime later, ICL was acquired by GEC.

Sources of Information

[1] Wikipedia