Department of Mathematics
The Early History of Modern Computing
AutocodeIn the old days every program had to be written in
code- making it almost impossible for anyone except an expert to write a
program. And, even for experts, it was a very tedious business.
great breakthroughs came with the advent of 'high level' languages and
programs which would accept a program written in the high level language
convert it into a machine executable program.
In the UK the one of
- if not the first- high level language was Tony Brooker's Autocode.
Tony graduated from the Mathematics Department in 1945 and went on to
major part in building the first 'public domain' digital computer- the
Imperial College Computing
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