Researchers resurrect ‘The Witch,’ world’s oldest working computer

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Researchers at the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) in the UK have restored a massive, 1950s-era computer known as “The Witch,” making it the world’s oldest working digital computer. As BBC News reports, the machine was first activated in the 1950s, when scientists used it as part of Britain’s atomic research initiative, but It wasn’t long before the 2.5-tonne Witch was eclipsed by smaller, faster technology.

Originally known as the Harwell Dekatron, it was eventually transferred to Wolverhampton University, where it adopted the name of Witch (short for Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell). It was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Birmingham in 1973, where it was on display until 1997, when…

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