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Tallents, Sir Stephen (1884-1958) : early marketing genius
Sir Stephen Tallents was an advertising high-flier of the 1930s, who possibly did more than anyone else to expand the market for the telephone....
Tasker, John  : wiring up Sheffield
John Tasker was responsible for opening the first telephone exchange in Sheffield.

Tasker's main business was actually boot and shoe making, which involved him with the rubber and leather industry....
Tomlinson, Ray (1941-2016) : inventor of the first killer
Ray Tomlinson created one of the biggest communications phenomena almost by accident - e-mail.

In 1971 he was tinkering with a programme that allowed staff at ARPANET to leave messages for each other....
Trubshaw, Roy (born 1959)
Roy Trubshaw was a programmer at Exeter University. Along with Richard Bartle he created the first true multi user computer game known as MUD (multi user dungeon) in 1978.
Turing, Alan Mathison (1912-1954) : computer dreamer and code-breaker
Alan Turing was the first man to propose building an intelligent machine to recreate thought - in short, the computer.

Turing grew up in a number of foster homes and the lack of a loving environment encouraged his imagination....
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.

featured story

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...