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Jana Colchester, 15 Jun 2018-16 Jul 2018

MS. 15797 digital 6

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(item 1) born digital audio of track 1 of interview with Jana Colchester, former programming teacher at Marconi. Interview conducted by Georgina Ferry, 15 Jun 2018. Running time 1:00:16, topics include:
  1. (00:00:15) early computing influences, Brighton Technical College in 1958, family life
  2. (00:04:10) studying Maths at Imperial College London, gender split across maths students
  3. (00:06:43) application to Oxford University and computing firms
  4. (00:08:11) access to computers at Imperial College London
  5. (00:08:55) reasons for pursuing computing as a career
  6. (00:09:47) interview at University of Oxford with Professor Fox
  7. (00:10:36) thesis topic of Monte Carlo Methods in numerical analysis applied to elliptic differential equations; movement from South Parks road with Mercury computer, to Parks Road Lab with KDF9 computer
  8. (00:15:50) women working at the Oxford Computer Labs
  9. (00:18:20) Linacre college [formerly Linacre house]
  10. (00:19:09) Dorothy Hodgkin as moral tutor at Linacre before she moved to Somerville
  11. (00:21:11) funding for computing thesis from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
  12. (00:22:35) sailing for Oxford University women's team
  13. (00:25:02) working at the University of Dundee [formerly University of St. Andrews at Dundee] teaching maths and computing at Dundee
  14. (00:26:30) exchanges with Jean-Pierre Laurent on Colchester's thesis topic
  15. (00:28:10) application to Essex University to work with Professor Barnard as a lecturer, teaching and maternity leave from Essex
  16. (00:31:15) teaching computing at the Marconi College, Chelmsford, teaching assembly language programming
  17. (00:36:08) women working at Marconi in non-clerical roles
  18. (00:38:17) returning to Essex University, colleagues and variation of teaching
  19. (00:40:19) brief experience as a secondary school teacher, working as a computer operator and teaching evening classes
  20. (00:41:57) working at Coventry Polytechnic in the computing department, women colleagues
  21. (00:43:59) teaching data processing at Mid Essex Tech, origin of Anglia Ruskin University
  22. (00:45:00) computer equipment
  23. (00:46:46) taking early retirement
  24. (00:51:40) Leslie Fox and David Handscomb, of the Oxford computing lab
  25. (00:53:54) John Rollett, crystallographer
  26. (00:56:35) school education and moving around
(item 2) born digital audio of track 2 of interview with with Jana Colchester, conducted by Georgina Ferry, 15 Jun 2018. Running time 00:02:33, topics include (00:00:01) attitudes to women in maths and computing.

(item 3) born digital transcript of interview with Jana Colchester, transcribed 16 Jul 2018


  • 15 Jun 2018-16 Jul 2018


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  • English

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MS. 15797 digital 6

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