On the 25th October, 2018, the Leo Computers Society held a celebratory lunch to mark the 90th birthday of Ralph and Frank Land, two of the most active members in the Society.
Frank Land became a programmer for LEO in 1952; later was appointed Chief Consultant for LEO Computers and its successors. He is Emeritus Professor of Information Systems at the London School of Economics.
Ralph Land joined LEO Computers in 1959; he was appointed General Manager for Eastern Europe for English Electric and, later, ICL. He was appointed a CBE “for services for export” in 1996.
Elisabetta Mori From Academia to Business: LEO computers and Olivetti.
Two case studies in the early European Computer Industry
A common pattern in the growth and development of early Western European computer manufacturers is the collaboration between academia and entrepreneurship. Very often early European computer companies established a joint venture with an academic environment – a university or a research institute. Continue reading “Business computing seminar in Lille”
It is a pleasure to announce the start of the ANR project What is a (computer) program? with a two days event to be held on February 7-8 at MESH, rooms 1 and 2, Espace Baïetto, 2 Rue des Canonniers, Lille.
On February 7th, there will be a session of the Lille-Paris séminaire History and Philosophy of Computer Science and Computing (HEPIC) with participation of Cliff Jones and Samuel Goyet (see here for more details). On February 8th, there will be the workshop Models between structures and meanings of programs which introduces the project followed by several talks from members of the project. Continue reading “Launch of ANR project: What is a program?”
The presentation is an historical reconstruction of the procedures to ensure validity and program correctness in the early examples of business computers: the focus of the talk is the hardware testing, data validation and program correctness techniques designed for LEO I and II in the UK during the 1950s. Continue reading “Validity and Correctness in LEO I and II”
The problem of identity is a long-standing one in philosophy. In turn, it is a crucial one for the Philosophy of Computer Science, and in particular for answering the question ‘what is a program?’. Two major strands in the history of such conceptual investigation can be found. Continue reading “Reflections on Identity and Copy of Programs”
Abstract of the paper presented at the 4th HaPoC – History and Philosophy of Computing conference in Brno, 3-7 October 2017.
Coping with the “American giants”: mergers, relationships and attempted partnerships in the European computer industry in the early Sixties
During the 1950s, a fragmented computer industry grew up in Europe. After the enthusiasm and pioneering in a brand new business like computers, at the beginning of the 1960s these companies were weakened by several issues, such as the financial crisis and the pressure of US competitors like IBM and General Electric. The investments in R&D were not fully refunded by the income from machines sales after several years. The growth of a computer company, in fact, was often doomed by these costs and very often also by lack of proper marketing experience in a totally brand new field. Continue reading “Coping with the “American giants””
Submission of two-page extended abstracts (including footnotes, but excluding references) are invited. Accepted papers will be given a 30 minute presentation slot including discussion. We intend to publish selected papers in a special journal issue following the symposium.
The program for the Summer School on Computer Simulation Methods to be held at the High Performance Computing Center of Stuttgart (HLRS) and co-sponsored by the Commission on the History and Philosophy of Computing is now online at
Symposium 002. The Ubiquity of Computing: historical and philosophical issues
Monday, 24 July,
9:00-10:30 a.m- Session Chair: Alberto de Lima
9:00 – 9:30 Henrique Cukierman A racing car without tires
9:30 – 10:00 Lucas Pereira Between taxes and innovations: The Role of Federal Data Processing Service (SERPRO) in the growth of Brazilian computer Market (1964-1970)
10:00 – 10:30 Alberto de Lima Control, freedom, informatics and society: a review of informatics histories in Brazil Continue reading “History and Philosophy of Computing Symposium at ICHST2017”