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Zimmerman, Philip : computer wiz with a social conscience
Philip Zimmerman is a cryptography expert who developed the main e-mail protection software called Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).

Zimmerman was a working class, sci-fi addict who majored in computers at Florida Atlantic University in 1978, specialising in software design and data encryption....
Zuse, Konrad (1910-1995) :  the first computer (1930)...?
Konrad Zuse developed a computer in Germany well before the Second World War. His machine, the Z-1 built between 1936 and 1938, can claim to be the first binary digital computer in the world. It survived the war and is now on display at the Museum for Transport and Technology ('Museum fur Verkehr und Technik') in Berlin....
Zworykin & Baird
Vladimir Zworykin and John Logie Baird are usually cited as the fathers of TV - but both in the end were unsuccessful, because they missed vital aspects of The Big Picture.

This was literally true in Zworykin's case....
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...