Allan Bromley (historian)
Allan Bromley (1947–2002) was an Australian historian of computing who became a world authority on many aspects of early computing and was one of the most avid collectors of mechanical calculators.
His work on understanding Charles Babbage's calculating engines is Allan Bromley's greatest legacy. The October-December 2000 issue of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing was dedicated to him for the quality of his research on this subject.
His studies of the Antikythera mechanism led to the first working model of this ancient analog computer.
Allan Bromley was an associate professor at the University of Sydney. His main academic interest was the history of computers. He died of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
... AllanGeorge Bromleywas born 1 Feb 1947 and named after his uncle Allankilled in New Guinea during WW2, and his father George, who died 8 Aug 1962 ... Allangraduated with first class honours in physics in 1967, stayed on for a research degree in astrophysics, and was awarded his PhD in 1971 ... Bromleyhad an amateur interest in the history of mechanical inventions, and was aware of the ancestral figure of Charles Babbage ...
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