The Scarrott papers include correspondence files dating from Scarrott's period at the Research and Advanced Development Organisation (NAHC/SCA/B), including papers relating to a legal dispute between the University of Manchester and ICL Ltd. NAHC/SCA/C contains some of Scarrott's later working papers including those on Basic Language Machines.
Gordon Scarrott Papers
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- ReferenceGB 133 NAHC/SCA
- Dates of Creation1961-1981
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1.2 li.m. 27 items
- LocationCollection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Gordon Scarrott was manager of ICL Research and Advanced Development Organisation (RADC), and having previously worked at Ferranti Ltd. Scarrott was involved in the invention of the torsional delay line and later the outline specification of Sirius and the development of Orion. At ICL he was associated with the 'slave store' concept, the Basic Language Machine and the development of optical storage and pattern recognition systems. Scarrott was also known for his theories of information engineering which he promoted forcefully via many presentations and published papers during his retirement years.
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