Met Office IBM computer, 1970s

Met Office IBM computer, 1970s

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Caption: Met Office IBM computer. The Met Office, the UK's national weather monitoring and forecasting service, began to use computers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. By the 1970s, they had begun to use computers from IBM that were capable of four million calculations per second. The equipment here consists of IBM 3420 nine-track magnetic tape drives, introduced by IBM in the 1970s. Photographed in a computer room at the Met Office headquarters in Bracknell. The Met Office had its headquarters at Bracknell in the period from 1962 to 2003.

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