Tom Kilburn CBE FRS

Died aged c. 80

Tom Kilburn CBE FRS (11 August 1921 – 17 January 2001) was an English mathematician and computer scientist. Over the course of a productive 30-year career, he was involved in the development of five computers of great historical significance. With Freddie Williams he worked on the Williams–Kilburn tube and the world's first electronic stored-program computer, the Manchester Baby, while working at the University of Manchester. His work propelled Manchester and Britain into the forefront of the emerging field of computer science. A graduate of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Kilburn worked on radar at the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) in Malvern under Frederic Calland Williams during the Second World War. After the war ended, he was recruited by Williams to work on the development of computers at the University of Manchester. He led the development of a succession of innovative Manchester computers that incorporated a host of ground-breaking innovations and developments, including the Ferranti Mark 1, the world's first commercial computer, and the Atlas, one of the first time-sharing multiprocessing computers that incorporated job scheduling, spooling, interrupts, instruction pipelining and paging.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Sir Frederic Williams (1911-1977) and Tom Kilburn (1921-2001) Creators of the first Stored-Program Computer. Graduate and Professor of Electro-technics 1946-1977. Graduate and Professor of Computer Engineering & Computer Science 1960-1981.

Rutherford Building, Bridgeford Street, Manchester, United Kingdom where they was

In the laboratory above this point the world's first stored program computer was run on June 21st, 1948. The research team was led by Professor Sir Frederic Williams, CBE, FRS and Professor Tom Kilburn, CBE, FRS.

Rutherford Building, Bridgeford Street, Manchester, United Kingdom where they was