Samuel Fedida

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Viewdata Graphics used in the experimental phone directory of Post Office Telecommunications in 1977.
The image is a graphical representation of the Post Office/British Telecom Research laboratories (Adastral Park) in Suffolk, England.

Samuel Fedida, OBE (4 May 1918 – 2007) was an Egyptian-born British telecommunication engineer responsible at Post Office Telecommunications for the development of Viewdata.[1]

Fedida was born in Alexandria, Egypt.[2] He had the idea for Viewdata in 1968 after reading a publication with the title The Computer as Communications Device.[3] The first prototype became operational in 1974. In 1977 the system was introduced in the United Kingdom. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1980 Birthday Honours.[4]

The book Viewdata Revolution authored by Mr Fedida and Mr Rex Malik, ISBN 0852272146, was published in 1979, and is listed in the main catalogue of The British Library.


  1. ^ Lean, Tom (23 August 2016), Prestel: The British Internet That Never Was, History Today
  2. ^ New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1967
  3. ^ Licklider, J.C.R.; Taylor, Robert W. (April 1968), "The Computer as a Communication Device" (PDF), Science and Technology
  4. ^ "No. 48212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1980. p. 10.