British Iron and Steel Research Association

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The British Iron and Steel Research Association or BISRA, formed in 1944, was the research arm of the British steel industry. It had headquarters in London, originally at 11 Park Lane, later moved to 24 Buckingham Gate, with Laboratories in Sheffield on Hoyle Street,[1] Swansea, Teesside, and Battersea. The organization was created by Sir Charles Goodeve, who remained its director until his retirement in 1969. Roger Eddison washired as a manager shortly after BISRA's founding. BISRA's research has been responsible for much of the automation of modern steelmaking. BISRA were pioneers of digital computing in the steel industry.[2]

BISRA was funded 15% by a grant from the government of the United Kingdom, and 85% by a cooperative of several steelmaking companies.[3]

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  1. ^ "British iron and steel AD1800-2000 and beyond", Edited by C Bodsworth, ISBN 978-1-86125-119-0, December 2001, published by Woodhead Publishing Limited, Abington Hall, Abington, Cambridge, CB1 6AH, England, 444 pages
  2. ^ "A History of OR and Computing", J. C. Ranyard, The Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 39, No. 12 (December 1988), pp. 1073-1086
  3. ^ "Choosing the Operational Research Programme for B.I.S.R.A.", R. H. Collcutt, R. D. Reader OR, Vol. 18, No. 3 (September 1967), pp. 219-242

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