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This section gives some snapshots of the staff of the Atlas Computer Laboratory. We are always interested in getting more or expanding the current entries.
The first three staff employed by the Atlas Computer Laboratory were Jack Howlett, the Director, Synolda Butler, his secretary and Robbie Roberts, Head of Administration. They were housed in Rutherford Laboratory's R25 Building while the Atlas Building took shape. the number increased to five when Bob Churchhouse, Head of the Programming Group and his secretary, Anita Gillies arrived. In 1963, the Operations Group from Harwell under Jim Hailstone arrived. It included Paul Nelson who also looked after most of the administrative software used by the Laboratory early on. Three systems programmers arrived from Harwell, Bart Fossey and Barbara Stokoe who had been working on the Fortran compiler for Atlas, HARTRAN, and Bob Hopgood who, although at Harwell, was seconded to Aldermaston to help write the Fortran compiler for the IBM 7030 (Stretch). Brian Cooper, a statistician also arrived from Harwell. Bob and Brian shared an office in R25. Alex Bell was the first external Scientific Officer recruit to the Programming Group and Suzette Harold was the first Experimental Officer. Bill Hayes arrived early on as the Atlas Driver.
The build up of staff at the Laboratory can be seen by the following figures that appeared in the November 1964 NIRNS Annual Report:
|Estimate: April 1965||2||6||11||7||33||1||59|
|Estimate: June 1965||3||8||12||7||46||2||76|
The first three Fellows who were in post by 1964 were I J Good, A O L Atkin and I P Grant.
The members of the Research Group on 1 December 1967 were:
- Dr A O L Atkin (Number Theory)
- Dr I P Grant (Radiation transfer, Atomic Theory) [Joint with Pembroke College, Oxford]
- Dr F R Hodson (Classification Theory in Archaeology) [Joint with Churchill College, Cambridge]
- Mr J Leech (Abstract Algebra)
- Mr J K S McKay (Abstract Algebra)
- Mr M S Paterson (Theory of Programming Languages)
- Dr Joan Walsh (Numerical Analysis) [Joint with St Hilda's College, Oxford]
Other people who spent time at the Laboratory as a Fellow included Bernard Meltzer, Jim Doran, Donald Michie, Judh Schwartz, and many others.