David Caminer Papers

Scope and Content

Papers accumulated by David Caminer during his many years of involvement with the LEO Computer, first as Manager of the Systems Research Office for Lyons (1944-) then as Director of LEO Computers Ltd (1959-), later working for English Electric LEO Computers Ltd and ICL when LEO Computers merged with English Electric then with ICT.

Series include:

  • Committee minutes (CMLEO/DC/CM)
  • Correspondence (CMLEO/DC/CW)
  • Writings - Lectures, research papers and publications by David Caminer (CMLEO/DC/LP)
  • Research collection [books/papers/press cuttings by others] (CMLEO/DC/RC)
  • Artefacts and Hardware (CMLEO/DC/RT)
  • Working files [arranged by subject] (CMLEO/DC/WF)

Some sample records are available now but please be aware that cataloguing of the collection is ongoing, Jan 2020.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Caminer joined Lyons before World War II as a Management Trainee. His career was interrupted by National Service, losing a leg in the battlefields of North Africa, before he returned to Lyons and was appointed head of the Systems Research Office, followed by taking a prominent and leading role in the establishment of LEO. Described by John Aris as The Inventor of Systems Analysis, his methodological approach was a key factor in the success of LEO. His ambition following his retirement was to ensure that the storyof LEO would take its proper place in the history of computing. He helped fulfil that ambition by his writing and the establishment of the LEO Foundation.

- Taken from a biography of David Caminer by Prof Frank Land.

Read more about David Caminer on LEOPEDIA .


The majority of the papers were originally sorted and box listed by Hilary Caminer and the original box and file numbers retained as alternative references ('DTC/#/#').

Access Information

The archive is available for consultation, but any material which may breach rights of third parties may remain closed at the discretion of the LEO Computers Society.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the LEO Computers Society by Hilary Caminer, David Caminer's daughter.

The papers are on loan to the Centre for Computing History for cataloguing and digitisation as part of the LEO project: Swiss Rolls, Tea and the Electronic Office .

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