The world of modern Information and Communications has been made possible by the innovation and imagination of countless engineers, who over the last two centuries have paved the way to lead us to this point in time. We live in the most connected societies ever, with the UK being recently highlighted as the most web connected economy amongst the G20 nations.
Alan Mathison Turing, born in London on 23 June 1912, is considered by many as the father of computer science. It was while a fellow at Cambridge that Turing developed what are now known as ‘Turing machines’, basic abstract symbol-manipulating devices which, despite their simplicity, can be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm. They are the basis for all modern computing systems.
|Titanic - 100 years on|
2012 marks one hundred years since the sinking of RMS Titanic. The Titanic sank over the course of two and three quarter hours on the night of April 14-15 1912, with the loss of over 1,500 lives. Before the accident, Titanic was billed as a practically unsinkable ship and at the pinnacle of modern ship building and engineering techniques.
|175 Years of UK Telecommunications|
To celebrate the 175th anniversary, the IET History of Technology TPN has organised this one-day symposium. Presentations considered selected landmarks and developments in UK telecommunications from those first steps in 1837 to the present.