Maurice Wilkes

1913 - 2010

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Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes (26 June 1913 – 29 November 2010) was a British computer scientist who designed and helped build the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC), one of the earliest stored program computers, and who invented microprogramming, a method for using stored-program logic to operate the control unit of a central processing unit's circuits. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Wilkes has received more than 168,173 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Maurice Wilkes is the 25th most popular computer scientist (up from 28th in 2019), the 1,231st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,278th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Maurice Wilkes ranks 25 out of 205Before him are Alan Kay, Marvin Minsky, John Backus, Sergey Brin, Leonard Kleinrock, and Dorothy Vaughan. After him are Larry Tesler, J. C. R. Licklider, Peter Naur, Guido van Rossum, Ward Cunningham, and Luigi Federico Menabrea.

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Among people born in 1913, Maurice Wilkes ranks 89Before him are Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark, Pierre Werner, Boris Pahor, Israel Gelfand, Willi Hennig, and Shih Kien. After him are Robert Adler, Johannes Steinhoff, Wols, Victor Mature, 'Abd al-Ilah, and Wolfgang Lüth. Among people deceased in 2010, Maurice Wilkes ranks 66Before him are Luis Corvalán, Hwang Jang-yop, Milka Planinc, Wolfgang Wagner, Alexander McQueen, and Israel Tal. After him are Johan Ferrier, Antony Flew, Solomon Burke, James Black, Charlie Wilson, and Cécile Aubry.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Maurice Wilkes ranks 1,231 out of 6,924Before him are Hans Sloane (1660), Unity Mitford (1914), Ross Brawn (1954), Princess Hélène of Orléans (1871), Thomas Gresham (1519), and Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia (1945). After him are Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799), Alexander of Hales (1175), Robert Catesby (1573), John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford (1389), William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire (1720), and John Gay (1685).


Among computer scientists born in United Kingdom, Maurice Wilkes ranks 4Before him are Alan Turing (1912), Tim Berners-Lee (1955), and Edgar F. Codd (1923). After him are James H. Wilkinson (1919), Stephen Wolfram (1959), Robin Milner (1934), Geoffrey Hinton (1947), Gary McKinnon (1966), Richard Garriott (1961), Karen Spärck Jones (1935), and Bill Moggridge (1943).