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    There and back again – Andrew Booth, a British Computer Pioneer, and his interactions with US and other contemporaries

    Johnson, Roger (2016) There and back again – Andrew Booth, a British Computer Pioneer, and his interactions with US and other contemporaries. In: Tatnall, A. and Leslie, C. (eds.) International Communities of Invention and Innovation. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology 491. Springer, pp. 58-70. ISBN 9783319494623.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the interchanges between Andrew Booth, an early British computer pioneer and contemporary US and other pioneers. The paper records how funding from the US Rockefeller Foundation supported Andrew Booth’s research work in the UK and allowed him to refine his ideas on computer design by visiting US pioneers each year from 1946 to 1948. This led to the construction of an electronic drum, the world’s first successful demonstration of a rotating storage device connected to a computer, to his pioneering work on natural language processing and finally and most notably to his invention of the Booth hardware multiplier which is the basis of the multiplier used in billions of chips each year.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: IFIP WG 9.7 International Conference on the History of Computing, HC 2016, Brooklyn, NY, USA, May 25-29, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Series ISSN: 1868-4238
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Andrew Booth, APERC, HEC, Magnetic drum, Booth multiplier, British Tabulating Machine Ltd
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Computer Science and Information Systems
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 11:12
    Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 11:12
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18762

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