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Programming in the Early Days of the Computer Age

Everyone remembers the first computer they ever used. And Joyce Wheeler is no exception. But in her case the situation was a bit different. The first computer she used was one of the first computers anyone used.

The machine was Edsac – the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator – that ran for the first time in 1949 and was built to serve scientists at the University of Cambridge.

Joyce Wheeler was one of those scientists who, at the time, was working on her PhD under the supervision of renowned astronomer Fred Hoyle.

Pioneering scientist and programmer Joyce Wheeler looks back on her time spent using Edsac – one of the first modern computers.

Read the full article here: Programming in the early days of the computer age | BBC News

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