JWoody wrote>"The most influencial magazine in the 1980's about personal computing was without doubt BYTE magazine. I cannot remember ever reading any article about the BBC micro, BBC Basic, Econet, Archimedes, RISC OS or anything major about Acorn in BYTE. "
There were earlier articles (including ones describing the Archimedes) but sadly their on-line archive only goes back as far as 1999. The point is that American companies rarely give credit for where technology originates (the Jet engine and Jet airplane being another *American* invention of course).
Yes you're right IBM's John Cocke *did* propose the concept and Henessey and Sutherland in the states also did substantial work on it - but guess what Acorn and ARM does figure in there as it *predates* IBM's first desktop RISC computer (the PC RT which IBM didn't really seriously market and the 801 which was a "design concept"), the Archimedes *did* at very modest clock rates (between 4 and 8MHz) substantially trounce conventional PC's of the day (it even outperformed IBM's fastest 386 of it's day by a factor of 2 according to PCW magazine).
Just because people don't give credit for some idea's to their originators doesn't mean they haven't taken notice and haven't been inspired - that's the funny thing about computing one thing generally leads to another....