Mainframe Computer Component, Atlas Connector


Manchester University in England pioneered in building electronic computers. The first, the Manchester Mark I, was a vacuum tube machine, built between 1946 and 1949 (for a small portion of the commercial version of the Manchester Mark I, built by Ferranti, see CI.334386). By 1953, Manchester University staff were thinking about using the newly intented transistor to build a more powerful computer. This device, first named the MUSE, was renamed the ATLAS in 1959 and jointly developed with Ferranti. The first example was formally inaugurated in 1962. Ferranti also built two copies of the Atlas. One was for a consortium of London University and British Petroleum (1963). Another was for the Atomic Engergy Research Establishment in Hartwell (1964). The latter machine was then moved to the Atlas Computer Laboratory at Chilton. When this third Atlas shut down in 1973, this object and a few other parts were given to the Smithsonian and assigned accession number 317839.

This particular small object is a pin connector from the Atlas.

Date Made: 1964

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, Greater Manchester

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers


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Credit Line: Science Research Council

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1975.317839.04Catalog Number: 317839.04Accession Number: 317839

Object Name: Mainframe Componentmainframe computer component

Measurements: overall: .8 cm x 2.7 cm x .4 cm; 5/16 in x 1 1/16 in x 5/32 in


Record Id: nmah_334273

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