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Julia Dain, 17-25 May 2018

MS. 15797 digital 7

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(item 1) born digital audio of interview with Julia Dain, former research assistant for the Programming Research Group (PRG). Interview conducted by Georgina Ferry, 17 May 2018. Running time 1:00:16, topics include:
  1. (00:00:17) school education and family
  2. (00:02:50) first encounter reading about electronic computers, 1963-4
  3. (00:04:24) pre-university traineeship at Marconi Company
  4. (00:06:31) research labs of Marconi and computer equipment, women in the department
  5. (00:09:22) introduction to operating systems, learning ALGOL and other programming languages during traineeship
  6. (00:11:04) applying to study Maths at Oxford and Cambridge
  7. (00:12:29) interview at Warwick University with Professor David Epstein
  8. (00:13:49) time at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, studying Maths
  9. (00:15:46) mountaineering
  10. (00:18:02) Programming Research Group (PRG) role in Oxford, September 1969, equipment used
  11. (00:20:38) Cambridge Programming Language
  12. (00:22:08) rationale for not persisting with MSc or DPhil
  13. (00:23:36) colleagues, set up and operations at Programming Research Group
  14. (00:26:46) comparing Programming Research Group to Numerical Algorithms Group
  15. (00:29:27) working with Joseph Stoy and other colleagues
  16. (00:32:18) working at the Regional Computer Centre, University of Manchester, starting a family
  17. (00:35:34) returning to computing work, part time job at Warwick University, types of machines and systems worked on
  18. (00:38:19) experiences of being the only woman in the Warwick Computer Science department, progressing in the department
  19. 00:41:25 intake of women computing undergraduates at Warwick
  20. (00:42:49) running Warwick-WISE computing course for 6th form girls
  21. (00:49:10) working for Parallax, building software in 1995
  22. (00:53:22) childcare
  23. (00:54:07) working for Parallax in commercial environment
  24. (00:59:35) observations on computing careers appealing to women.
(item 2) born digital transcript of interview with Julia Dain, transcribed 25 May 2018


  • 17-25 May 2018


2 items

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access



MS. 15797 digital 7

Existence and Location of Copies

Access copy of audio available at University of Oxford podcasts.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom