The Comrie Archive

Leslie John Comrie (1893-1950) was the doyen of numerical computation and simulation in the age before digital computers. He set new high standards of analysis and accuracy in modelling in many areas of science and engineering, and developed large-scale computation by mechanical devices.  Comrie also introduced computational methods as an independent academic topic in the 1920s and is popularly known for his impeccable mathematical tables.

Comrie was a New Zealander who came to the UK to fight in the First World War, in which he was seriously wounded and his brother killed.  His scientific path passed through Auckland, Cambridge, Columbia, and public bodies such as the Nautical Almanac Office.  Finally, he created his own computing bureau, a company called the Scientific Computing Service.