In the late 1940s, J. Lyons and Co., the country’s largest caterer, made the prescient decision to invest in the computer developments being made at Cambridge University (EDSAC) and from this collaboration came the Lyons Electronic Office (LEO), the world’s first business computer.

LEO computers played a key role in the early development of computing, and its subsequent social impact, but the LEO story is not well known.

So, the Computer History Centre (CCH) , in Cambridge, in partnership with the LEO Computers Society, are preserving, archiving and digitising LEO artefacts, documents and personal memories before they are lost forever. Then, using a variety of approaches to ensure the accessibility of the new archive, for example cutting-edge virtual reality techniques, we are raising public awareness and pride in this important, uniquely British heritage.

To see the material on the CCH website click CCH LEOPEDIA
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