name plate from Leo I or II computer, 1951-1960

Made:
1951-1960 in England
maker:
J Lyons and Company Limited

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LEO computer name plate from LEO I or II, made by J Lyons and Company Limited, England, 1951-1960. J Lyons & Co was
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Science Museum Group Collection

LEO computer name plate from LEO I or II, made by J Lyons and Company Limited, England, 1951-1960. J Lyons & Co was
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Science Museum Group Collection

LEO computer name plate from LEO I or II, made by J Lyons and Company Limited, England, 1951-1960.

J Lyons & Co was the first company to build and use computers for business purposes. The LEO I was closely modelled on the Cambridge EDSAC, one of Britain's first computers. The LEO I ran its first application, a bakery valuation, in 1951. LEO was originally designed specifically for use by Lyons. However, several other companies showed interest in using the machine and Lyons managers set up a subsidiary to expand the computer business. The donor of this object was originally employed by Lyons to assist with the development of the computers before Lyons moved into commercial manufacturing.

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Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
2014-68
type:
name plate
taxonomy:
credit:
Donated by Dorothy Chapman, Clifford Smith and Ernest Smith
status:
Permanent collection

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