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Manchester Mark 1

Last updated: November 23, 2015

What Does Manchester Mark 1 Mean?

The Manchester Mark 1 was the world's first commercially available general-purpose computer. It was developed as the Manchester Mark 1 at the University of Manchester in 1949 and built and distributed by Ferranti Inc. as the Ferranti Mark 1 in 1951.

The Manchester Mark 1 was also called the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine (MADM), the Ferranti Mark 1 and the Manchester Ferranti.


Techopedia Explains Manchester Mark 1

The computer's development led to 34 patents and significantly contributed to subsequent commercial products, including the IBM 701 and 702. The Manchester Mark 1 differed from other stored-program computers at the time with its use of Williams cathode ray tubes and magnetic drums for memory, instead of mercury delay lines.



Manchester Automatic Digital Machine, Ferranti Mark 1, Manchester Ferranti

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