Oral history of British science

Shirley, Stephanie (Part 15 of 15). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Computer Software

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    Interviewee's home, Henley-on-Thames

  • Interviewees

    Shirley, Stephanie, 1933- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 15: Remarks on changes in her: becoming more like father as she gets older; anecdote about confusing herself for her mother in a recent wedding photograph; becoming very English; achieving her potential. Remarks on feelings toward Germany: initially wanted nothing to do with it, changing feelings when her father returned, joining Anglo-German society for a time, 2003 visit bringing feelings back. Remarks on refugees: not heavily involved; helping with employment issues; discussions within British-North American Committee over population flows. [03:41] Remarks on future of philanthropy: suspecting her appointment as ambassador partly triggered by expected cuts in public spending; expecting philanthropy as one of the 21st century's mega-trends; relationship between philanthropy and government and need for professional philanthropy, with remarks on Lifeboat Service. Remarks on: likely reasons for her selection as Ambassador for Philanthropy; importance on giving as a vehicle for social change; British culture of quiet donations. Remarks on class stigma of self made money in her youth. [09:45] Comments on difference between old and new money philanthropy, her tendency to give for infrastructure projects and differences from other philanthropists [12:08] Comments on feelings about taking part in British Library oral history project: not considering herself a scientist, flattered; feelings about interviews; mentioned participation to family and to Richard Asquith her memoir writer; interview length, difference of audio interview; feelings on Oral History, encouraging Balliol oral history project.

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    Interview with entrepreneur, computer scientist and philanthropist Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley.

  • Related transcripts

    Dame Stephanie Shirley interviewed by Thomas 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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