Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

200 Computers Installed In Britain

200 Computers Installed In Britain


52 years ago this was the headline in Electronics Weekly’s edition of September 21st 1960.

The story runs:


‘There are now about 200 computers installed in Britain and many more are on order.

Exports of machines last year amounted to £1.3 million.


This is what Mr Sebastian Z de Ferranti, managing director of Ferranti Ltd, said at a one day computer conference held in Stockholm last week.


“In the whole of history to 1945, mechanical devices had only increased the speed of calculation by a factor of 100. But since 1945 electronic computers have increased the possible speed by a factor of 250,000.’

Tags: computer conference, ferranti ltd, managing director, sebastian, stockholm

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  1. David Manners
    January 24, 2013 11:29

    Thanks for that, Scott, how times have changed!

  2. January 23, 2013 07:53

    Funny that is exactly the number of laptops lost and found on the London Underground, every day.

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