The Kilburn Building

As you walk south along Oxford Road the University of Manchester Bridge spans the road just beyond Booth Street.  After you pass under the bridge there is the small plaza, on the eastern side of the road, that can be seen above.  The southern end of that plaza is formed by the university's Computer Centre called the Kilburn Building.

The Kilburn Building was designed by the Building Design Partnership in association with H. Thomas.  It was opened in 1972.  The building was named after Tom Kilburn, who received his PhD at the University of Manchester, and had a distinguished career as a professor.  He was instrumental in forming the Department of Computer Science and went on to be Dean of the Faculty of Science and a Vice-Chancellor of the University.  As a young man he worked at the government research centre in Malvern on the development of radar.  Along with his associate Freddie Williams he was also responsible for the construction, in 1948, of the first stored-program computer.

The plaque above is located on Bridgeford Street on the side of the Rutherford Building.