[SIGCIS-Members] George Felton Obituary - The Guardian

Brian Randell brian.randell at newcastle.ac.uk
Mon Aug 12 15:22:51 PDT 2019


Today’s Guardian has an excellent obituary for George Felton by Martin Campbell-Kelly:

George Felton obituary

Pioneering computer scientist who became the UK’s foremost software authority

George Felton, who has died aged 98, was the doyen of computer-industry software designers. In the early 1950s the term “software” had not been invented, and for most computer manufacturers responsibility stopped with delivering the hardware – programming the computer was the customer’s problem. Felton helped change that perception.

He managed, and largely implemented, the programming scheme for the Ferranti Pegasus computer, first delivered in 1956. It was a programming regimen of unprecedented completeness that made life a great deal easier for computer users. He went on to become the UK computer industry’s foremost software authority.


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