National Archive for the History of Computing: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Collection comprises: 

  • D1, Fourth Atomic Energy Electronics News Letter (Malvern: Atomic Energy Research Establishment Electronics Group, TRE, March, 1948);
  • D2, E.H. Cooke-Yarborough, C.D. Florida & J.Stephen, The Measurement of the Small Signal Characteristics of Transistors (Ministry of Supply, (EL/R 1253), 1953);
  • D3, T.H. O'Dell, Molybdenum Nickel Iron as a Material for Magnetic Storage Applications(UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (EL/R 2595), 1958);
  • D4, R.C.M. Barnes, Data Recording. Summary of a conference held at AERE on 3 October 1958 (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (EL/R 2775), 1958);
  • D5, R.C.M. Barnes, Punched Card Machines for Input and Output on Cadet (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (EL/M 101), 1958);
  • D6, E. Franklin, A TwinCore High-Speed Magnetic Storage Element (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (EL/M 106), 1959);
  • D7, A. Hassitt, A Programme for Solving the Multi-Group Neutron Diffusion Equations in Two Space Dimensions on the Ferranti Mercury Computer (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (T/R 2487), 1958);
  • D8, E.G.H. Crouch, Four Floating Point Routines for Use on the Ferranti Mark 1 Computer (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (T/M 156), 1958);
  • D9, A. Newmarch, RIPPLE; A method of computing the thermal neutron fine structure for thin plate assemblies (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (R/R 2425), 1959);
  • D10, T.P. Moorhead, Mercury Autocode Program 228 Multi-Group Cross-Section Processing (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Reactor Division, (R 3055), 1959);
  • D11, T.P. Moorhead, Use of Hassitt Program for Multi-Group Calculations for Fast Reactors (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Memorandum, Reactor Division (M 597), 1959);
  • D12, K.W. Morton, A Monte Carlo Study on the Resonance Absorption and its Temperature Variation in a Square Uraniumgraphite Lattice (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Theoretical Physics Division, (R 2929), 1959);
  • D13, D.E. Bendall, A Programme for Calculating the Gamma Ray Flux Through a Multilayer Shield (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Reactor Division (R 2882), 195);
  • D14, E.G.H. Crouch, A Program for the Calculation of Fission Product Accumulation (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (T/M 174), 1959);
  • D15, A. Hassitt, Additional Notes on a Two Space Dimension Multi-Group Program for the Mercury Computer (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group, (T/R 2859), 1959);
  • D16, P.L. Read, A Note to Describe a Ferranti Mercury Autocode Program for Calculating Convection Loop Transients (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Memorandum, Reactor Division (M 568), 1959);
  • D17, R. Taylor, A Method of Computing Magnetic Fields and Particle Orbits in F.F.A.G. Accelerators (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Theoretical Physics Division, (R3097), 1959);
  • D18, A.R. Curtis, A Mercury Computer Program for Two-Dimensional Least Square Crystallographic Refinement (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Theoreti);
  • D19, I.C. Pyle, A Program for the Calculation of the Doppler Broadened Resonance Absorption of Neutrons which are Scattered in Thick Targets (Mercury Autocode Program No.17: Scattering Integrals) (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Theoretical Physics Division, (R 3228), 1960.cal Physics Division, (R 3134), 1959);
  • D20, Joan Knock and Mary U. Thomas (eds), Manual for the S2 Language (Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston, Berks. August 1964);
  • D21, K.V. Roberts, Scientific Computing and Operational Research (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, (CLMR 45), Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Berks, 1965);
  • D22, L.E. Raraty and J.H. Gittus, (Reactor Fuel Element Laboratory, Springfields), System C.I.D. (Computerised Interpretation of Data), An Illustration of the Use of a Digital Computer in the Storage, Interpretation and Recovery of Materials Data (Risley, Warrington, Lancashire: The Reactor Group, HQ (TRG Report 1160 (S)), 1966);
  • D23, F.J. Chatterley, (Reactor Development Laboratory, Windscale), A General Purpose Multiple Regression Programme for the IBM 7090(Risley, Warrington, Lancashire: The Reactor Group HQ, (TRG Report 1198 (W)), 1966);
  • D24; D.N. Gower, Production Control by Computer the WASP System (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Management Services Division, (R 6259), 1969);
  • D25, W.D. Collier, (Central Technical Services, Risley, Heatran: A finite element code for heat transfer problems (Risley, Warrington, Lancashire: The Reactor Group HQ (TRG Report 1807(R)), 1969);
  • D26, M.J.D. Powell, A Fortran Subroutine to Invert a Rectangular Matrix of Full Rank (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Theoretical Physics Division, (R 6072), 1969);
  • D27, G.B.F. Niblett and N.H. Price, The Status Project: Searching Atomic Energy Law by Computer (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Berks (CLM R101), 1969);
  • D28, C.W.J. McCallien, (Central Technical Services, Risley), SNAP: A two-dimensional neutron diffusion code (Risley, Warrington, Lancashire: The Reactor Group (TRG Report 1990 (R)), 1970);
  • D29, I.C. Pyle and A. Langsford, Basic Software for Small Computers (UK Atomic Energy Authority Research Group Report, Theoretical Physics & Nuclear Physics Division (R 6382), 1970);
  • D30, T.E. Hughes (Reactor Fuel Element Laboratories, Springfield), Fairfax: A computer program for the interconversion of Bragg angles (0), 20, sin2 0 and interplanar spacings (d) in X-ray powder diffraction (Risley, Warrington, Lancashire: The Reactor Group (TRG Report 2099(S)), 1971);
  • D31, W.D. Collier, J.P. Ellington (Central Technical Services, Risley) and P.M. Rees (formerly Central Technical Services, Risley), Tress: a finite element code for stress analysis problems (Risley, Warrington, Lancashire: The Reactor Group (TRG Report 1813(R)), 1971).

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1946 the Ministry of Supply took over the RAF airfield at Harwell, Oxfordshire and established the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE). This was the UK centre for research and development in civil nuclear power, becoming, in 1954, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). In 1951 it ran a relay computer project under E.H. Cooke-Yarborough and later carried out transistor circuit experiments which led to the design of the CADET computer in 1955.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

Note

Description compiled by Jo Klett, project archivist, with reference to http://www.ukaea.org.uk/ and S.H. Lavington, Early British Computers (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1980).