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Business School celebrates Newlyn-Phillips Machine

Leeds University Business School will be holding a one off workshop on February 3rd 2009 to commemorate the success of the Newlyn-Phillips Machine, also known as Moniac Mark 1.

This piece of British economic history will be presented at the event and is the original prototype which has been recently restored especially for the display.

Designed by Walter Newlyn and A.W.B. Philips, the prototype hydraulic computer was originally designed as a tool for modelling the country's economy. The workshop will give an insight into the machine and its descendents, which were highly influential in the development of Keynesian economics in the 1950s.

The device was also used in the 1950s and 1960s in a number of universities as a teaching aid for economic theory and policy. Only a handful were made at the time and the University of Leeds wants to initiate a project to build a working replica of the machine.

Dr Martin Carter, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Head of the Economics Division at Leeds University Business School, said:  "The aim of the event is to bring together people interested in the background of this amazing piece of machinery. The university wants to make this piece of history accessible to as many people as possible, especially those who have an interest in the study of economics."

The Business School has teamed up with the University's Centre for History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and the School of Computing for the workshop. The Centre for HPS is helping to improve the display of the prototype machine with a grant from the British Society for the History of Science.

For further information:

Please contact the University of Leeds Press Office on +44 (0)113 343 4031 or email

Editors notes:

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK with more than 30,000 students from 130 countries and a turnover of £450m.  The University is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities and the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise showed it to be the UK's eighth biggest research powerhouse.  The University's vision is to secure a place among the world's top 50 by 2015.

Leeds University Business School is among the leading UK university-based business schools with a high reputation for research and a history of successful partnerships with industry and commerce at local, national and international levels.

Key facts include:

Leeds University Business school is ranked 48th in the world's top 100 business schools and 12th in the UK (source: Financial Times Global MBA 2008) International Business at LUBS ranked world's number one for research, number seven for teaching.
EQUIS and AMBA accredited.

CIPD accredited and ESRC recognised.

1,500 undergraduate and 500 postgraduate students from more than 50 countries.

Members of the Faculty are at the forefront of major developments in basic and applied research across the fields of business, management, accounting, finance and economics. Senior staff have held leadership positions and committee membership and advised major policy-making bodies and learned societies. These include the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Management, the Economic and Social Research Council's Training and Development and Research Grants Boards and the British Academy of Management.

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