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Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:45 pm
by obarthelemy
I kinda like the Dr Who idea. Not really IT people, but popular, British, and kinda nerdy. Plus ties in with the BBC, which might help sooner rather than later ^^

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:30 pm
by Davespice
He might be able to go back in time and get us a quote from Alan Turing? :D

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:32 pm
by st599
Quote from psergiu on November 7, 2011, 09:02
1) I'm not from the UK and from all the names of UK personalities i have read from the last pages, i recognized only Stephen Fry - and all i know about him is that he's a comedian and drives a cab. And i am a bit more knowledgeable in UK personalities that most of the other indended international users.


What if he got his comedy writing/performing partner from such shows as:

Cambridge Footlights
The Young Ones
A bit of Fry and Laurie
Blackadder
Jeeves and Wooster.

Obviously we'd have to get Hugh Laurie away from that God-awful remake of Sherlock Holmes based in a hospital with his dodgy accent.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:56 pm
by MDC
If only Johnny Ball was still presenting TV for children

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:23 am
by r3d4
i have long had a general interest in science
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daisy_world
and the other outstanding contributions
from James Lovelock
are nothing short of inspirational.

fiction not included

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:40 pm
by st599
Quote from MDC on November 18, 2011, 18:56
If only Johnny Ball was still presenting TV for children

Or Professor Heinz Wolff

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:30 pm
by jamesh
Quote from st599 on November 15, 2011, 14:32
Obviously we'd have to get Hugh Laurie away from that God-awful remake of Sherlock Holmes based in a hospital with his dodgy accent.


Just saw this - might be difficult getting him away from the most popular show on TV when he's getting paid $400k an episode...

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:51 pm
by Willofield
Tim Berners-Lee, Dennis Ritchie.... and of course Steffen Wernéry, Wau Holland and Linus Torvalds... but i'm not sure if School-Students would recognize them...

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:43 am
by winkleink
I've been following this thread and I agree that if a 'star' or well know person backed and promoted the Raspberry Pi and increasing kids access to computing it would be great.
I just have the feeling that for the UK that isn't really an option since as we know for the past 20 years computing heroes have become more in the background rather than out front. I don't know who they are but I'd suspect the people who developed MW3 woudl be very interesting people to meet for kids into the game.

An alternative approach may be to get an inspirational person (charismatic, engaging, maybe even a little bit eccentric) to demonstrate what they have done and what is possible.
If you can get the kids to attend then seeing what is possible can make a big difference.
In the 80s we didn't have any celebrities or inspirational people that were big names to create the groundswell of interest. It was more seeing what was possible and having a go.

Fill a room with Raspberry Pis running interesting demos that the kids can modify and let them go wild. All curated by somebody with the energy and enthusiasm for the project so it becomes infectious.

Effectively like a mini-maker fair day/session.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:20 pm
by billium
Celebrity obsessed UK!
Little mention of Denis Richie who has just died .. same week as Jobs.
I wonder if you'll be praising the Microsoft people when they are demanding the M$ tax off you, like they do with laptops, fondle slabs, and smart phones?
Alan Turin has got to be the god here. (At least he is British), or Sophie Wilson (ARM designer) if you want female. :)

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:33 pm
by liz
Sophie actually works for Broadcom in Cambridge; she's been really nice about Raspberry Pi when we've spoken to her about it. I think the number of schoolkids who have heard of her, though, can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand. :(

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:43 pm
by st599
Quote from jamesh on November 22, 2011, 22:30
Quote from st599 on November 15, 2011, 14:32
Obviously we'd have to get Hugh Laurie away from that God-awful remake of Sherlock Holmes based in a hospital with his dodgy accent.


Just saw this - might be difficult getting him away from the most popular show on TV when he's getting paid $400k an episode...

Depends on the cause. He was on BBC 1 last week in their annual telethon.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:12 pm
by Sciman
The kids may have heard of Jonathan Ive - iPod/iPad designer - and he appreciates small computers.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:49 pm
by scep
Quote from billium on November 23, 2011, 14:20
I wonder if you'll be praising the Microsoft people when they are demanding the M$ tax off you, like they do with laptops, fondle slabs, and smart phones?
I geddit. Hang on, where's those ALT-codes?..... Appl€! Son?y! Curr¥s! Yeah! Take that you kerayzee kapitalists! Kap?ow!

Alan Turin has got to be the god here. (At least he is British)And dead. Out of respect for him I always like to add the trailing 'g' to his surname.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:13 pm
by tufty
Quote from scep on November 23, 2011, 19:49
Alan Turin has got to be the god here. (At least he is British)And dead. Out of respect for him I always like to add the trailing 'g' to his surname.
I tend to do the same for Dennis Ritchie. Well, not "add a trailing 'g'", just, y'know, bother to spell it right.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:01 pm
by liz
Perhaps Stephen Hawking and the estate of Alan Turing should start a club for those deprived of their Gs. Although Stephen Hawking usually seems to be given an extra S to make up for it.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:35 pm
by scep
Quote from tufty on November 23, 2011, 21:13
I tend to do the same for Dennis Ritchie. Well, not "add a trailing 'g'", just, y'know, bother to spell it right.Pedant.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:56 pm
by piglet
How do you know they have feet?

For me it's got to be Larry Wall. Love it or hate it, PERL is the duct tape of choice for me.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:39 am
by Bakul Shah
Check this out:
Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology -- at least watch the last 7 or 8 minutes if you are short of time. TED talks are always quite interesting but I found what Pranav shows a few steps beyond. Technology that can improve & enrich our lives is what I find really inspiring (and did as a kid). I can well imagine RasPI evolving into something like Pranav & others built (in a couple of years and for much less).

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:25 am
by tufty

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:36 am
by Bakul Shah
Thanks Simon. I think the forum software got "updated" -- other links of this form (displayed text is different than the link) that *used* to work are also broken.... If you click on the quote button, you can see the raw text in your response and it shows the right link....

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:33 am
by pglithro
Surely the most inspiring figures in CompSci for kids at the moment have to be the app developers. It is likely to be the most accessible way of making money for young programmers. So how about the three Finnish guys that created Angry Birds, or some other similarly successful app makers. They would be known (by reputation if not name) worldwide by all kids and represent (to me anyhow) the kind of bedroom programming that RPi is trying to promote.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:29 pm
by winkleink
Quote from pglithro on November 24, 2011, 10:33
Surely the most inspiring figures in CompSci for kids at the moment have to be the app developers. It is likely to be the most accessible way of making money for young programmers. So how about the three Finnish guys that created Angry Birds, or some other similarly successful app makers. They would be known (by reputation if not name) worldwide by all kids and represent (to me anyhow) the kind of bedroom programming that RPi is trying to promote.

Excellent Suggestion.

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:00 pm
by Willofield
As i mentioned in my older post... Tim Berners-Lee would be cool to present the Raspberry Pi etc. to School-Students, i dunno if anybody would recognize him in UK (ok, he's British that should be a pro point ;) , at my school in Germany many People would recognize him because an student exchange to Geneva and CERN in grade 8...

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:20 pm
by Davespice
I know they don't have much to do with computer science but... has anyone thought of asking these guys...


I bet they would do it as well :)