Oral history of British science

Brooker, Tony (Part 6 of 14). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Computer Software

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    Interviewee's holiday home, Hexham

  • Interviewees

    Brooker, Ralph Anthony, 1925- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 6: Discussion of photograph of Cambridge computer laboratory staff c.1951: TB, Donald Hunter [DH], MW, Stanley Gill; Eric Mutch, chief technician; Peter Naur of Backus-Naur fame; TB's female assistant, Eileen McKee; J.P.C. Miller, who ran pre-war mechanical computer service; a Spanish visitor. [03:52] Remarks on duties of Eileen McKee running differential analyser. Remarks on: DW not being in photo; Bill Renwick, the very important chief engineer; Sandy Douglas [SD], then a computer user, who served in Far East in wartime; John Allen Ovenstone, visitor from Australia; Douglas Hartree's daughter, MW's secretary. [09:50] Remarks on: later contact with Eileen McKee; Donald Hunter; closest colleagues being DW, SD; Monty Phister, a visitor from the USA; opinions on programming the Manchester Computer and Cambridge EDSAC computer.

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    Life story interview with computer scientist Tony Brooker

  • Related transcripts

    Tony Brooker interviewed by Tom Lean: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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