Ted Cooke-Yarborough 1918-2013

Ted Cooke-Yarborough in front of the Harwell Dekatron 61 years after he designed it . Photgraph by john Robertson used with the permission of the The National Museum of Computing http://www.tnmoc.org/

Ted Cooke-Yarborough in front of the Harwell Dekatron 61 years after he designed it. Photograph by John Robertson used with the permission of The National Museum of Computing http://www.tnmoc.org/

Ted Cooke-Yarborough passed away on January 10, 2013 aged 94. He was the lead designer of one of the world’s early computers and a pioneer in radar, transistorisation and electronics.

By the age of eleven he had built his first wireless receiver and at Canford School in Dorset he was a member of the Wireless Society that developed portable short-wave transmitter-receivers for two-way communication in the school grounds – the enterprising society sold two of them to the Yeovil fire brigade.

In 1946 he joined UK Atomic Energy programme to work on nuclear instrumentation and soon after his transfer to Harwell in 1948 supervised the design, construction and commissioning of the Harwell Dekatron computer working with co-designers Dick Barnes and Gurney Thomas.

The obituary published in The Telegraph mentions the Bagful receiver. Graham Shirville G3VZV says “I admit to being biased by having been at Malvern in the 60’s but the development of a scanning radio with built in recording device 70 years before we had FUNcube Dongles, laptops and IQ signals is pretty amazing to me”.

Read the National Museum of Computing obituary
http://www.tnmoc.org/news/notes-museum/ted-cooke-yarborough-1918-2013

Read The Telegraph obituary
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/technology-obituaries/9972656/Ted-Cooke-Yarborough.html

The National Museum of Computing http://www.tnmoc.org/