Oral history of British science
Brooker, Tony (Part 9 of 14). An Oral History of British Science.
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Interviewee's home, Thorpe-le-Soken
Brooker, Ralph Anthony, 1925- (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 9: Description on path from Imperial College to Cambridge University to Manchester University: limited teaching chances, DW and Stanley Gill [SG]'s work on subroutine library to make computer easier to use, computer development at Manchester, use of Manchester computer and AT's complicated programming methods [06:51], TB's visit to Manchester at the request of MVW and subsequent recruitment to make it easier for users to compute. [10:07] Comments on ideas behind Autocode, description of problems of floating point arithmetic, matching of drum access and processing time. [15:37] Remarks taking some year to develop Autocode due to pressures of computing service work. Comments on work at computing service: explaining applied mathematics, numerical analysis and programming to users, [19:09] packaging subroutines, working with students. [21:19] Further comments on numerical analysis and applied mathematics, trying to come up with an easier way to use computers.
Life story interview with computer scientist Tony Brooker