Virgilio Pasquali and the 1900 Range
A few steps in my career leading to my 1900 Range activities.
1- 1952-1959 Rome University
in 1952 I started at Rome University (Engineering Faculty) (now University “Sapienza” di Roma), and I obtained a degree as Doctor in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) in April 1959.
My Doctorate Thesis was in
Computers Design (one of the first two thesis in Computer design at
obtained my Diploma
of Engineer at the first session of the State exam in July 1959 (the State
exam to enable to exercise the profession of engineer had just been introduced
2- 1959-1963 FERRANTI
In 1959 I joined the
3- 1963-1968 Ferranti then ICT (from Sept.’63)
In 1963 I joined the Hugh Devonald team (Derek Eldridge, Glyn Emery, Virgilio Pasquali and Bruce Paterson) in Lily Hill,
Subsequently I became responsible for the technical planning of the successive manifestations of the 1900 Range (1901, E/F Series, A Series and S Series).
4- From 1968 ICL
In late 1968,after
having planned the 1900A Series and the 1900B Series (that later became the
1900S Series), and following the ICT-English Electric merger that formed ICL, I
joined on special secondment the “
This team (NRO),led by Mike Forrest, was charged with specifying the Computer Range for the new company. In the NR team I led the design of the architecture of what became the 2900 Range.