The David Tresman Caminer Studentship for the History of Computing is funded at Middlesex University thanks to a £45,000 grant from the Association for Information Technology Trust (AITT).
The PhD research project focuses on the LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) computers developed by catering firm J. Lyons and Co in the 1950s.
LEO I is widely acknowledged to be the first business computer produced and installed anywhere in the world.
David Tresman Caminer, one of the pioneers of the LEO Computer, was given an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University in 2006. The new studentship in his name aims to produce the first extensive academic thesis on the LEO Computers.
Ms. Elisabetta Mori has been selected as the doctoral researcher to investigate the social, political and business circumstances that contributed to the success and later decline of LEO Computers, as well as the technical developments and hardware design.
The PhD is supervised by an Advisory Board consisting of:
Dr. Giuseppe Primiero (Middlesex University)
Prof. Balbir Barn (Middlesex University)
Prof. Colin Williams (Warwick University)
Prof. Frank Land (London School of Economics)
Mr. Peter Byford (LEO Computer Society)