Dr. Dietrich Prinz loading chess program into a Ferranti Mark I computer Dr. Dietrich Prinz loading chess program into a Ferranti Mark I computer
1955
Courtesy of Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS
L062302008

Dr. Dietrich Prinz, Head of Programming at the English firm Ferranti, worked on the Ferranti Mark I computer in collaboration with Manchester University. His interest in computer chess was probably influenced by his colleague Alan Turing. Prinz is shown here loading a rudimentary chess program into a Manchester University computer in 1955.