CCS Visit to the Museum of Computing Machinery of Pisa University
Following the sucessful visits to Germany in each of the alst three years,
for a change we are arranging a visit to Italy, specifically
to the Museum of Computing Machinery at Pisa.
The Museum opened to the public in 1995.
It has two main collections: Personal Computers and Mainframe Computers.
The personal computers section is a selection of mechanical and electrical
desk computing machines, pocket calculators, together with some Macintosh,
Commodore, IBM and other PCs, including a working Olivetti Programma 101.
The mainframe computers area shows:
At the entrance of the Museum the visitor is welcomed by a CRAY X-MP (1982).
- the Calcolatrice Elettronica Pisana (CEP),
whose construction dates back to the mid 1950s and it was one of the
earliest computers built in Italy;
- an Olivetti 6001, smaller version of the first Italian commercial computer,
produced in the early 1960s;
- a Bull Gamma 3;
- some parts of the CINAC, a computer made of a Ferranti Mark I* (1955)
modified and upgraded with later addictions in the second part of the 1960s,
- unique design pieces by Olivetti.
The University of Pisa was founded in 1343 by an edict of Pope Clement VI
and it is the 19th oldest extant university in the world.
It houses the Orto Botanico, Europe's oldest academic botanical garden, founded in 1544.
The main visit will take place on the 28th of April although outbound
travel will have to be the day before (or earlier).
As usual we will organise a group dinner on the 27th &
Members should make their own hotel and travel arramgements
but we suggest booking hotels in the “Historic Centre” of Pisa.
Contact Dan Hayton at
if you are interested in joining us.