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Julia Dain, 17-25 May 2018

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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

Dates

  • 17-25 May 2018

Extent

2 items

Conditions Governing Access

Closed.

Shelfmark

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

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom