Colossus in Detail

Speaker: Chris Shore
Date: Thu 22nd October 2015
Time: 14:30

Fellows Library of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD

The Colossus Replica


Chris Shore

About the seminar

2013 marked the 70th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in the computing industry but one which has only recently come to public knowledge. Developed in utmost secrecy at the Government Code and Cipher School in England in 1943, the Colossus computer represents the first large scale programmable electronic computing device ever built. Kept entirely secret for over 30 years, more details of this remarkable achievement have emerged in the last decade. Only now can Colossus and its inventors take their place in the history of our remarkable industry. In what promises to be a fascinating presentation, Chris will describe Colossus, the men who built it, the problem it was designed to solve and look at its legacy for our industry.

About the speaker

Chris has worked at ARM for 15 years. For the last 14 years, he has been responsible for ARM’s customer training activity - delivering up to 200 training courses every year to ARM’s customers and end users all over the world. He was actively involved in the development and launch of the ARM Accredited Engineer program and is also responsible for the Active Assist onsite services.

Chris is a regular speaker at conferences and industry events and has addressed audiences on ARM technology on every continent except Antarctica - opportunities there are limited but it is surely only a matter of time!

Chris has lived and worked in Cambridge for over 30 years. He holds an M.A. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET).

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