It is with deep regret that I report on the passing of Sir Maurice Wilkes
. Sir Maurice was deeply pragmatic and innovative: he is responsible for the creation of the EDSAC - the first meaningful store program computer - and among other things invented microprogramming.
Sir Wilkes agreed to meet with me when I was in the UK earlier this year, but unfortunately, his health apparently had recently taken a turn for the worse, and thus we were unable to conduct an oral history. Nonetheless, his autobiography
remains a definitive source of information about his life's work.
He will be missed.
Quote of the day:"I well remember when this realization first came on me with full force. The EDSAC was on the top floor of the building and the tape-punching and editing equipment one floor below. [...] It was on one of my journeys between the EDSAC room and the punching equipment that "hesitating at the angles of stairs" the realization came over me with full force that a good part of the remainder of my life was going to be spent in finding errors in my own programs."
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