Ferranti Pegasus computer, 1956.

Made:
1959 in Manchester and England
maker:
Ferranti Limited

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Ferranti Pegasus Computer, c.1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher Strachey
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Ferranti Pegasus Computer, c.1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher Strachey
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Ferranti Pegasus Computer, c.1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher Strachey
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Ferranti Pegasus Computer, c.1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher Strachey
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Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at the National Research
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Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at the National Research
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Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at the National Research
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Processor Unit from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at
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Processor Unit from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at
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Processor Unit from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at
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One of two 2 circuit boards from a Ferranti Pegasus Computer. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by
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Power Unit from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at the
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Operator's Console Desk from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while
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Operator's Console Desk from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while
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Operator's Console Desk from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while
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Operator's Console Desk from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while
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Operator's Console Desk from Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while
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Package Testing Unit, Ferranti Pegasus computer. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher
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Package Testing Unit, Ferranti Pegasus computer. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher
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Package Testing Unit, Ferranti Pegasus computer. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher
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Compressor/Heat Exchanger from Ferranti Pegasus computer. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by
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Printer, in metal acoustic cover, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was
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Printer, in metal acoustic cover, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was
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Printer, in metal acoustic cover, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was
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Tape Handling Desk, Creed model S4060, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, pictured with non-inventory items. This
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Tape Handling Desk, Creed model S4060, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, pictured with non-inventory items. This
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Non-printing Tape Perforator, Creed model 7P/N4, s/n 3877, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. This Ferranti Pegasus
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Non-printing Tape Perforator, Creed model 7P/N4, s/n 3877, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. This Ferranti Pegasus
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Non-printing Tape Perforator, Creed model 7P/N4, s/n 3877, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. This Ferranti Pegasus
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Non-printing Tape Perforator, Creed model 7P/N4, s/n 3877, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. Also pictured, 1983-1440
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Delay Line Circuit Board Assembly, Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956. This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was
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Creed model S4060 Paper Tape Handling Desk, s/n 2769 pictured displayed with Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956,
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Creed model S4060 Paper Tape Handling Desk, s/n 2769 pictured displayed with Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956,
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Creed model 6S/6M Automatic Transmitter, s/n 28444, pictured displayed with the Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956,
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Creed model 6S/6M Automatic Transmitter, s/n 28444, pictured displayed with the Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956,
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GNT 3406 Automatic tape reader displayed on desk associated with Ferranti Pegasus Computer. The Ferranti Pegasus
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GNT 3406 Automatic tape reader displayed on desk associated with Ferranti Pegasus Computer. The Ferranti Pegasus
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GNT 3406 Automatic tape reader displayed on desk associated with Ferranti Pegasus Computer. The Ferranti Pegasus
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Ferranti Pegasus Computer, c.1956

This Ferranti Pegasus computer, c. 1956, was designed by Christopher Strachey (1916-1975) while working at the National Research and Development Corporation (NRDC). He based his design on his experiments while working with Elliot Bros., where he pioneered the idea of constructing computers from modular packages.

Strachey also devised a new type of logic design for Pegasus, which made the computers easy and logical to programme, and thus popular with their users. Pegasus I evolved into Pegasus II, which had improved circuitry, a larger drum store and more peripherals, including a printer.

Thirty-eight Pegasus Is and IIs were sold, and this computer was one of the first to be built on a production line at Ferranti's factory in Manchester.

These machines were put to work in banks, universities, and engineering and research establishments. For most of these organisations and their staff Pegasus was their first computer, and therefore the herald of a new age.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
1983-1440
Measurements:
overall inc. printers, desks and chairs etc.: 2130 mm x 100 mm x 4000 mm, 3830 kg
type:
mainframes
credit:
University College London

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