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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:18 pm

Quote from clivebeale on November 2, 2011, 16:46
How about some Brits? It's a UK charity. And we did invent Computing after all
I doubt you will get Lady Ada, Charles Babbage or Alan Turing for a quote. Do you have any more recent contestors ? :P
Out of national pride i also have to take offense on that claim of inventing computing! After all we germans have Leibnitz and Zuse!
I propose a truce:
I think we can all agree that the birthplace of computing lies in europe, and that america had nothing to do with it. ;)

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:19 pm

Quote from clivebeale on November 2, 2011, 16:46
How about some Brits? It's a UK charity. And we did invent Computing after all 8O

I just can't think of anyone who fits this criteria and is also recognisable to kids.

If it was 15 years ago I would suggest:
Dominic Diamond or Patrick Moore (GamesMaster)
Violet Berlin or Andy Crane (Bad Influence)
Phillipa Forester (Tomorrow World/Robot Wars)

Do any of these TV programs have modern day equivalents?

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:23 pm

Who invented the abacus? - note Mayan / Aztec use pre-Columbus and therefore independently invented in America

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:40 pm

Who invented fingers? For counting etc. Independently invented in Scotland.

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:41 pm

I really don't think there is anyone British involved in the computer industry today who would be recognisable to kids. (Although perhaps we should as some kids, I don't know any).

However, how about Mike Dailly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M....._designer)
They may not associate with him, but they will know the Grand Theft Auto series of computer games that he is responsible for. His CV of games he has worked on is here http://www.javalemmings.com/mi.....boutme.htm and he's a proper programmer. People of our generation will remember him best for Lemmings.

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:45 pm

Ah - now we're already talking to Mike. :) (Although not about this.)
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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:04 pm

Quote from NoSuchNick on November 2, 2011, 17:18
I doubt you will get Lady Ada, Charles Babbage or Alan Turing for a quote. Do you have any more recent contestors ? :P
Just some bloke called Tim Berners-Lee INVENTOR OF THE WHOLE INTERNET!

(But I agree about Europe :) )

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:05 pm

I think there is a long list of people with ties to the geek community, buy may still relevant to the public culture.

Here are some I can think of:


Terry Pratchett (was a physicist before becoming a writer), and he's British
Jonathon Coulton
They May Be Giants
Randall Monroe (XKCD)
Bill Amend (foxtrot)

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:41 pm

I note that on visits to Jonathan Coulton gigs and TMBG gigs, I tend to bump into an awful lot of people I know, in a way that I don't at gigs by other musicians. I think that perhaps there's a bit of an echo chamber effect going on, and while they appeal very strongly to our demographic (and I think they're both fabulous), they're not necessarily that widely known.
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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:47 pm

Perhaps I chose to add too many strongly geek oriented people. However, Terry Pratchett and Bill Amend should both be recognizable to children with the work they've done.

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:04 pm

How about Stephen Fry? He's been very supportive of free software, including participating in the 2008 film celebrating the 25th anniversary of GNU, Happy Birthday to GNU.

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:36 pm

Fry would be a superb catch insofar as techno-celeb is concerned. But it seems to me that he is a digital consumer as opposed to a digital creator, which misses the point (I may be wrong?). He is also an Apple evangelist ( I know that I'm probably missing an in-joke but in the Happy Brithday to GNU video he has his Mac next to him). So, perhaps not the best mouthpiece for the R-Pi. Unless they make a nice shiny white case for it :)

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:15 pm

What about Ian Livingstone - maybe not an instantly recognisable name to kids but they would recognise his stuff (Tomb Raider etc.) or Peter Molyneux for the same reason.

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:26 pm

@UnderSampled:

I'd thought of Terry Pratchett too, he's well into technology and has been for years ~ The Ramtop mountains on Discworld were named after the Spectrum system variable, and consider the 33 Megalith processors used by druids. He should be able to write an entertaining prologue/forward...

But he's never been a physicist, "just" a journalist who worked as a press officer for nuclear power stations before he became famous!
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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:10 pm

Thanks for this list of names. I've made a note of them all. http://goo.gl/0MkCm

I like the idea of getting Mark Shuttleworth involved especially if he can get "Ribuntu" created for it.

Drop me an email if you think of any more.

Names not mentioned so far that were on my list are:
Alan Sugar : Successful Businessman, TV Personality, Amstrad Computers
Tony Hoare : Inventor of the QuickSort
Guido van Rossum : Python
Mitchel Resnick : Scratch
Others from the BBC Micro Design team : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.....esign_team
Mark Healey : Little Big Planet
Dara Ó Briain : Comedian with mathematics and theoretical physics background. Plays a lot of computer games!

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:29 pm

I hope the Foundation gets a veto here - there's no way over my dead body we're having Alan Sugar associated with Raspberry Pi!
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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:52 pm

You could always tell him "You're FIRED!"

*snigger*
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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:00 pm

Quote from liz on November 6, 2011, 14:29
I hope the Foundation gets a veto here - there's no way over my dead body we're having Alan Sugar associated with Raspberry Pi!

Your parents bought you a Hamstrad PCW8256 did they?

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:09 pm

Quote from ukscone on November 6, 2011, 15:00
Quote from liz on November 6, 2011, 14:29
I hope the Foundation gets a veto here - there's no way over my dead body we're having Alan Sugar associated with Raspberry Pi!

Your parents bought you a Hamstrad PCW8256 did they?

There was nothing wrong with the Joyces - apart from CP/M and the "integrated" printer!
Oh, and the tv-screen monitor.
Ummmm...
Edit: Oh, and Locoscript.

I had a PC1512DDMM. With a 20Mb hardcard!

Luxury....
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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:13 pm

Hey, a friend's dad had one, and it was OK, and very cheap.

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:20 pm

I spent a couple of years supporting a network of PCW8256's that used the nine tiles twisted pair networking. The nine tiles stuff was pretty good, in fact I ended up evaluating it for my day job too but the PCW's drove me nuts, especially the printers.

as for PC1512 well let me just say that they are really satisfying to push out of a 4th floor window into the company carpark.

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:35 pm

Oh my god!

I forgot the world of the PCW8256 and LocoScript :-)

Geez, what a nightmare that was transferring files files from Locosript to WordPerfect.

Oh those early days were 'interesting'!

Anyhow, back on thread......

+1 Terry Pratchett
-100 Alan Sugar

+1,000 Robert Llewellyn ( Kryten in Red Dwarf) and presenter of Scrapheap Challenge

Who – or what – would you say has had the biggest influence on your career?
"Computers. Sounds nerdy but in many ways they have allowed me to do and make things I would never have even thought of trying."

The whole Raspberry Pi ethos and raison d'etre summed up!

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:45 pm

there were a couple of games that i remember on the pcw8256. there was an isometric batman game and another that was similar that i can't remember what it was called. those 3" disks were a PITA too.

My favourite amstrad was/is the NC100 unfortunatly the lcd got crushed in our last apartment move and I haven't found a replacement lcd yet.

My most favourite memory of the amstrad cpc was a series of arguments at PC World Expo at earl's court in the mid 80s where the Lynx User Group stand was next to the Amstrad User Group stand and we spent many happy hours heckling each other and having arguments over bankswitching, bus contention, graphics and whose computer was best :) over a few pints in the exhibitor's bar

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:59 pm

What's wrong with Sugarman now? I mean you don't have to *like* him or anything. Interestingly I'm still using the NC100 for my writing (take that z88!). Apropos home computing: how about Sir Clive?

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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:13 pm

What's wrong with Lord Sugar? He's a sexist dinosaur with a string of failed tech companies (and a string of very successful property companies).
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