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Pilot ACE computer. Control panel of the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) pilot model. This was a preliminary version of the full ACE design, which had been proposed by the British computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954). The Pilot ACE was one of the first computers built in the UK. It began operating in 1951, and was used until 1955. A commercial version, the DEUCE, was manufactured between 1955 and 1964. Photographed in 1950, in the Control Mechanisms and Electronics Division of the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK.
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