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A large part of the anticpated workload for Atlas was expected to come from Harwell and the Rutherford Laboratory. Both organisations had made use of IBM computers both at Aldermaston and Risley. In consequence, a large body of programs already existed written in Fortran. Getting a Fortran system up and running as soon as Atlas arrived was essential. The only way to ensure that at the time was to write a compiler for Atlas that would be available as soon as the machine arrived.
Ian Pyle of Harwell was in charge of the team working on the project with Bart Fossey and Barbara Stokoe, who both moved to the Atlas Computer Laboratory, being heavily involved.