The incredible story of the world’s first business computer

David Caminer has died. Now there was a radical digital pioneer.


#1 dreamingspire on 06.30.08 at 8:44 pm

Yes, a true pioneer. I note that he was a senior man on the software of the ICL New Range series (2900 series). Not a successful range of systems, specified by mice, not men. Not David C’s fault, however.

#2 Greg on 07.01.08 at 7:38 pm

I’ve posted a link to a nice book about the emergence of the computer (easy non-technical read) – which has a chapter on LEO, with an inspiring and heartwarming description of David Caminer.

#3 Greg on 07.01.08 at 7:39 pm

Ooops – the link (the book is called “Electronic Brains”):

#4 kidsgrove 66 on 07.03.08 at 11:36 pm

The current versions of new range are still running many systems, government ones in particular, and will continue to do so until at least 2020. That gives it a life of around 50 years. It has been a financial and technical success. Not sure what dreamingspire bases has conclusions on

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