Met Office Mercury computer, 1961

Met Office Mercury computer, 1961

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Caption: Met Office Mercury computer. Computer operator at a console for the Met Office's Ferranti Mercury 'Meteor' computer. The Met Office, the UK's national weather monitoring and forecasting service, began to use computers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This Ferranti Mercury was the first advanced computer owned by the Met Office, who purchased it in 1959. It used paper tape and valve electronics, and was capable of many thousands of calculations a second. This console is on the fifth floor of the Napier Shaw Building at the Met Office's Bracknell headquarters, built between 1959 and 1962. Photographed in October 1961.

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