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Maurice Wilkes was born on 26 June, 1913

British computer scientist credited with several important contributions in computing. He developed the idea of microprogramming in which the central processing unit (CPU) could be controlled by a miniature, highly specialised computer programming in high-speed ROM.

Wilkes and his team also came up with the concepts of subroutine libraries and macros which made programming much easier. This greatly helped in the development of high-level programming languages. He is, however, best remembered for his work on the EDSAC (Electronic delay storage automatic calculator) which was built in his laboratory.