Oral history of British science

Land, Frank (18 of 18). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Computer Software

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    Interviewee's home, Ivybridge

  • Interviewees

    Land, Fred Frank, 1928- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 18: Remarks on retirement: activities in local parish; gardening; retirement to Devon; travelling, such as to Australia; visiting professorships to Universities of Pennsylvania, Sydney, Bond, Curtin, Ahmedabad Institute of Management, Leeds Metropolitan University; HICSS Conference Hawaii; walking dog; running; family; academic work, returning to LSE regularly; sharing a house with daughter and family; raising lamas and sheep; death of mother age 98 and subsequent move to smaller house, closer to daughter with MS. [08:00] Further remarks on retirement: travelling less; becoming involved with local community; parish council duties, such as on planning permission decisions; walking on Dartmoor, until having to get rid of wayward dog; gardening; health issues of FL and AL. [11:46] Comments on children: Frances, solicitor, children graduating, husband guardian ad litem; Richard, Royal College of Arts and Design graduate who designs computer systems and games for the BBC; [Short interlude - AL checking on interviewer's wellbeing] [16:00] Second daughter Margy married artist Kelvin, sometimes unlucky in business, designed perfume containers, separated, two children Izzy and Josh; Richard's twins; [19:20] Comments on career highpoints: academic contribution establishing IS at LSE; LEO experiences, negative reactions to telling people he worked with computers. [21:55] Comments on positive way LEO history has been treated: Georgina Ferry, ITV series, active LEO society, LEO foundation set up by DC, FL and others, 50th anniversary conference. [24:48] Comments on: future of information systems: finding forecasting difficult, such as mobile computing; changes over career, pervasive nature of technology, potentially dominating nature technology; good and bad effects of technology, academic and public discourse, knowledge management. [29:50] Remarks on this interview: loving idea of dissemination; telling family; RL involvement with Russia oral history project; tiring but brings up memories.

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    Interview with computer programmer and information systems theorist Frank Land.

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    Frank Land 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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