[SIGCIS-Members] David Caminer (LEO) dies

Roger Neil Barton neil.barton at uclmail.net
Mon Jun 30 03:26:59 PDT 2008

I thought you should be aware that David Caminer, one of the people behind LEO, died just over a week ago age 93.  

Martin C-K's excellent obituary is at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/david-caminer-system-designer-behind-leo-the-worlds-first-business-computer-854283.html?service=Print

Alan Cane's obit a couple of days later is at  http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d3ade40c-44ab-11dd-b151-0000779fd2ac.html

And the NYT yesterday is at  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/technology/29caminer.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&ref=obituaries&adxnnlx=1214821428-4UmJsQwpWB4qqPO/I%20rhMg&pagewanted=print

As someone who was a systems analyst working on LEO III mainframe computers in the early 1970s my overriding memory is of hours and hours spent reading out and checking hundreds of pages of numbers with the programmers.  The LEO of course predated compilers.
kind regards

Dr Roger Neil Barton
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research
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