The story of LEO is an extraordinary one. The first ever business computer was designed and manufactured, not by one of the electronics giants such as IBM, but by the caterers J Lyons & Co, better known for their Teashops and Corner House Restaurants, Swiss Rolls and Fruit Pies.
After World War 2, an upward trend in office costs made the company realise that some form of automation was essential for processes such as stock control and pay-roll. There was nothing available at this time to meet their needs and so, with the self-assurance and innovative spirit which had become their trademark, they set about designing and building their own computer.
After just 2 years’ development, they produced an operational product in 1951, naming it LEO, aptly standing for Lyons Electronic Office. The Guinness Book of World Records was to include it as the first ever business computer. At the time, it was beyond anyone’s imagination that those involved in this project would be among the pioneers of today’s information technology.
About the speaker
Neville Lyons is a relative of the company’s co-founder, Joseph Lyons. With his illustrated presentation, he will describe how the project was conceived and progressed, the personalities involved and some of its main features. He will also show how some leading industrial companies and government departments seized upon the invention and purchased later versions of this new ‘electronic brain’. A video will be shown featuring some of the LEO pioneers who are still around to tell the tale.
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-02-19 18:45 2019-02-19 18:45 Europe/London The Story of LEO: The World’s First Ever Business Computer With his illustrated presentation, Neville Lyons will describe how the project was conceived and progressed, the personalities involved and some of its main features. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/02/19/the-story-of-leo-the-worlds-first-ever-business-computer-192773 Novotel Hotel,1 Shortlands,,London