Impact on Work

The earliest electronic computers, like Colossus, the Manchester 'Baby' and EDSAC, used glass valves (called vacuum tubes in the US) for their digital logic. In the early 1960s transistor technology and micro-electronics began to replace the cumbersome valves, and users saw the emergence of smaller faster computers such as the IBM 1130 and Elliott 803.

Scientific research and large businesses benefited the most from this technology breakthrough. Computers were still relatively big and expensive, affordable almost exclusively by large institutions, corporations and the military. Personal computers were not viable products until the late 1970s.

Elliott Delivery

Delivery of the Elliott 803 Computer