Computing Machine Laboratory

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The Computing Machine Laboratory at the University of Manchester in the north of England was established by Max Newman shortly after the end of World War II, around 1946.[citation needed]

The Laboratory was funded through a grant from the Royal Society, which was approved in the summer of 1946.[1] He recruited the engineers Frederic Calland Williams and Thomas Kilburn where they built the world's first electronic stored-program digital computer, which came to be known as the Manchester Baby,[2] based on Alan Turing's ideas. Their prototype ran its first program on 21 June 1948.[3]


  1. ^ "Max Newman and the Mark 1". Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "The Modern History of Computing". Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ Copeland, B. Jack (9 September 2004). The essential Turing: seminal writings in computing, logic, philosophy . p. 209. ISBN 9780191520280. Retrieved 27 January 2010.