Desmond Paul Henry (1921–2004) was a Manchester University Lecturer and Reader in Philosophy (1949–82) and was one of the first few British artists to experiment with machine-generated visual effects at the time of the emerging global computer art movement of the 1960s (The Cambridge Encyclopaedia 1990 p. 289; Levy 2006 pp. 178–180). During this period, Henry constructed a succession of three drawing machines from modified bombsight analogue computers which were employed inWorld War II bombers to calculate the accurate release of bombs onto their target (O’Hanrahan 2005). Henry’s machine-generated effects resemble complex versions of the abstract, curvilinear graphics which accompany Microsoft’s Windows Media Player. Henry’s machine-generated effects may therefore also be said to represent early examples of computer graphics: ‘the making of line drawings with the aid of computers and drawing machines’ (Franke 1971, p. 41).
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