Logic door from a Ferranti Mark I computer, 1951

Made:
1951 in Moston
maker:
Ferranti Limited

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Logic door from a Ferranti Mark I computer with 3 transformers and 42 valves in place, manufactured by Ferranti
Science Museum Group Collection
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Logic door from a Ferranti Mark I computer with 3 transformers and 42 valves in place, manufactured by Ferranti
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Logic door from a Ferranti Mark I computer with 3 transformers and 42 valves in place, manufactured by Ferranti
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Logic door from a Ferranti Mark I computer with 3 transformers and 42 valves in place, manufactured by Ferranti Limited, Moston, Manchester, England, 1951.

Logic door from a Ferranti Mark I computer with 3 transformers and 42 valves in place, manufactured by Ferranti Limited., Moston, Manchester, England, 1951.

The Ferranti Mark I was the world's first commercially available computer. The first Mark I was delivered to the University of Manchester in February 1951, and for this reason is sometimes known as the Manchester Ferranti. It was also based on two earlier computers, the Manchester Mark I and the SSEM (or 'Baby') that had been developed at the University of Manchester. It was used to run the world's first computer chess game. Ferranti continued to develop their computers, and by 1959, had sold 69 of their various computer models.

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DisplayLocation:
Science Museum, Information Age Gallery: Web
Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
1984-535
Materials:
copper (alloy), iron, metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified)
type:
computer component
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Donated by Ferranti Limited
status:
Permanent collection

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