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Kahn, Bob (born 1938) : connecting the wired world
Bob Kahn was co-designer of the system for handling data communication between computers known as TCP/IP.

Kahn shone as a computer genius at Princeton University....
Thomson, William (Lord Kelvin) (1824-1907) : a new scale of success
William Thomson designed the first submarine cable and receiver for underwater telegraph communications.

Thomson moved to Glasgow from Belfast aged 8, when his father became a maths professor at the University....
fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...