• 1928 September 26
    (b.) - ?


Gordon Eric Thomas was born in Cwmamman, Carmarthenshire South Wales in 1928. After graduating in Physics and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester in 1948, he joined the design team of Professors F.C.Williams and Tom Kilburn who conceived and designed the Ferranti Mark 1 and Mercury computers. His postgraduate qualifications of MSc. and PhD were awarded for work done at this time in Manchester. His University contemporaries assigned the name Tommy by which he prefers to be known. He left the University in 1955 to found the Central Digital Computing facility at Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd (ICI). In 1966, he moved to the University of Edinburgh to set up and direct the first of the three Regional Computing Centres. While Director, he assisted in the development of an overall IT strategy within the first School of Information Technology of any British University. His Australian career started in 1985 when he took up the post of Foundation Chief at the new CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation) Division of Information Technology. In 1988 he assisted Bond University to establish a School of Information and Computing Sciences and a Research Park. In 1989 he took up the permanent joint post of foundation Professor of Computing Science and Coordinator of the Research Park. He has served on numerous committees and the Boards of commercial and other bodies. Since his retirement in 1990 he has established a consulting partnership, TT Enterprises, which is undertaking a wide variety of specific commissions within the Gold Coast Region of Queensland. Recently, he has been a vigorous advocate for wider community involvement in the use of Internet resources. He has coordinated the development of World Wide Web material for Bond University, the Currumbin Sanctuary and the National Trust of Queensland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
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    1928 September 26
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    Worked on design of 'Baby', first stored program computer
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