Maurice Wilkes


Died aged c. 97

Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes FRS FREng (26 June 1913 – 29 November 2010) was a British computer scientist who designed and helped build the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC), one of the earliest stored program computers, and who invented microprogramming, a method for using stored-program logic to operate the control unit of a central processing unit's circuits. At the time of his death, Wilkes was an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

Near here in the Mathematical Laboratory on 6 May 1949 the EDSAC computer built by Maurice Wilkes and his team performed its first calculation

Old Cavendish Laboratory, Free School Lane, Cambridge, United Kingdom where they worked