Cranking Up A 61-Year-Old Computer

A still-working 61-year of digital computer has been unveiled at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, the home of the United Kingdom’s Second World War encryption and codebreaking efforts. Bletchley Park was where Alan Turing and others broke the German Enigma cipher, which was tremendously helpful during the conflict. The computer, originally called Harwell but now called the Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell (WITCH), was originally powered up in 1951.

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