Work with the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine
On resignation from the Scientific Civil Service Alan accepted a Readership at Manchester University and was appointed Assistant Director of “Madam,” the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine designed mainly by Professor F.C. Williams, F.R.S., and Dr. T. Kilburn. This machine at the time of its construction was reputed to have the largest memory storage capacity of any known machine and was expected to be able to “remember” a bookful of facts and figures.
As Assistant Director (but ignorant himself of the identity of the Director) Alan’s role was to collaborate with Professor F.C. Williams and Dr. T. Kilburn and lead the mathematical side of work with the machine. According to Professor ...