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.
The lunch took place at The Queen’s Head pub in Brook Green, Hammersmith, just up the road from where Cadby Hall – Lyons headquarters – once stood.
It was also the occasion for celebrating the recent partnership with The Centre for Computing History, Cambridge and the successful joint bid for the Heritage Lottery Funding.
During the event Neville Lyons, a descendant of Lyons’ family, brought his autographed copy of the book User Driven Innovation. The World’s First Business Computer by David Caminer, John Aris, Peter Hermon, Frank Land. He also shared with us the list of the attendees at the book launch party on the 20th of March, 1996.