LEO plaque unveiling in London

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Professor Frank Land and Dame Stephanie Shirley. Photo: LEO Computers Society

On November 29th 2016 we attended the unveiling of a commemorative plaque for LEO – Lyons Electronic Office. The plaque is located in Lyons Walk, W14 0QH, former location of Cadby Hall, the factory complex and the headquarters of J. Lyons & Co and LEO I’s home in Hammersmith.

The engraved stone has been generously funded by Tony Morgan, who was Commissioning Manager at LEO Computers Ltd. and is now Technical Consultant to the LEO Computers Society.

The ceremony was introduced by a welcome speech by Councillor Ben Coleman, representing the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Shortly after, Professor Frank Land and Peter Byford, chairman of the LEO Computers Society, presented the achievements of LEO and the importance of its legacy nowadays. The plaque was unveiled by British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley in the presence of a large group of attendees, including former LEO employees, Lyons family members, Middlesex University staff and several representatives of other institutions, researchers, journalists and curators.