William Elliott started it in 1795. Apprenticed to a compass and drawing instrument maker, he progressed to supplying a large quantity of equipment - including experimental electrical apparatus - to Michael Faraday, Sir Humphrey Davy and Charles Babbage (the Father of the Computer).

The world's first real-time computer with memory store was built by Elliott's at Borehamwood, North London, in 1947.

The Years 1947-1972

[GEC Computers - 25 years of computer experience 1947-1972]

1947 Digital Circuits
Elliott 152
1952 Elliott 153
1953 English Electric Deuce (pictured)
Elliott 401
1957 English Electric KDF9
Elliott 402
Elliott 403
1961 Marconi TAC
Elliott 502
Elliott 802
Elliott 803
1963 [Elliott 503] Elliott 503 (pictured)
ARCH 1000
1966 [Elliott 920B] [Elliott 905] Elliott 4100
Elliott 903
Elliott 905 (left)
Elliott 920M
Elliott 920B (right)
Elliott 920C
1968 Marconi Myriad II
GEC/AEI CONPAC
English Electric System 4
English Electric M2112
English Electric M2140
1969 Merged and renamed Marconi Elliott Computer Systems Limited
[Myriad, M2140, 900 Series]
1970 [Alpha, Beta, Gamma]
alpha became the GEC 2050
beta became the GEC 4080
gamma wasn't developed, but some features rolled into 4080
1971 Renamed GEC Computers Limited

[GEC Computers - formed from Marconi, English Electric, GEC/AEI, Elliott Automation]

[Company formation - formed from Marconi, English Electric, GEC/AEI, Elliott Automation] [Product Inheritance - Real time computing]


© 1997 Andrew Gabriel. All Rights Reserved. / Last revision 24 September 1997