What is Manchester Mark 1?
The Manchester Mark 1 was the world's first commercially available general-purpose computer. It was developed as the Manchester Mark 1 at the University of Manchester in 1949 and built and sold by Ferranti Inc. as the Ferranti Mark 1 in 1951.
The Manchester Mark 1 was also called the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine (MADM), the Ferranti Mark 1, and the Manchester Ferranti.
Computer development resulted in 34 patents and contributed significantly to subsequent commercial products, including the IBM 701 and 702. The Manchester Mark 1 differed from other stored program computers at the time in its use of Williams cathode ray tubes and magnetic drums for storage. instead of mercury delay lines.