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Hoare, Tony (Part 2 of 15). An Oral History of British Science.

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    Computer Software

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    Interviewee’s home, Cambridge

  • Interviewees

    Hoare, Charles Antony Richard, 1934- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Remarks on life in Colombo: revisiting for 70th birthday; description of former home, servants, cook Alvis; limited interaction with neighbourhood; anecdotes about encounters with wildlife during Bandarawela school visit to resort of Yala [pause 05:35] shooting of a leopard, rogue elephant. [07:00] Remarks on: school in Bandarawela, failing to find school on recent visit, progressive nature of school; European friends at school, native children at school in Colombo; TH disruptive nature at school; siblings, TH eldest; TH father's position in civil service, taking early retirement at independence of Ceylon and returning to England to work at Board of Trade. [12:20] Remarks on: buying a house in Headington to be close to school, before becoming boarder; listening to radio as family; remote nature of father,TH raised by ayah and nanny. [14:25] Remarks on mother: guide leader in both Ceylon and UK; memory of losing her; took a secretarial course and taught TH typing; playing Mah Jong and bridge; playing bridge during evacuation, submarine scare, small makeup case prepared for abandoning ship; determined personality; anecdote about her not liking babies. [20:15] Remarks on: being looked after by an Ayah; move from Ceylon to Africa due to war; life in Africa without servants, living in a boarding house, TH attending boarding school due to poor behaviour; TH being intellectually pushy as a child; friends; bullying; [25:30] childhood hobbies, reading, model aeroplanes, writing short stories; TH working hard at school, enjoying mastering subject; TH competitive nature as child; reading, Russell, Aldus Huxley's 'Point And Counter Point', Antic Hay, and 'Eyeless in Gaza', Julian Huxley popular science, Arthur Mee's 'The Children's Encyclopedia.'

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    Interview with computer scientist Sir Tony Hoare.

  • Related transcripts

    Professor Sir Tony Hoare interviewed by Dr 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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