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Eleanor Dodson, 5-16 Jul 2018

MS. 15797 digital 8
Born digital audio recording of interview with Eleanor Dodson, computational methods developer of Protein Crystallography

Born digital audio recording of interview with Eleanor Dodson, computational methods developer of Protein Crystallography
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(item 1) born digital audio of interview with Eleanor Dodson, methods developer for Protein Crystallography, conducted by Georgina Ferry, 5 Jul 2018. Running time 00:54:42, topics include:

  1. (00:00:57) childhood interest in numbers, school education
  2. (00:02:09) Australian undergraduate degree structure, time at the University of Melbourne
  3. (00:02:59) tutoring maths
  4. (00:03:23) leaving Australia and coming to Oxford, working as a research technician for Dorothy Hodgkin, Dorothy Hodgkin's work up to 1961, joining the insulin team in 1961
  5. (00:05:29) applying maths to the work of monitoring molecular replacement methods development
  6. (00:08:30) working with Oxford Computing Service, use of the service by crystallographic groups, programming
  7. (00:10:04) moving from manually punching tapes to automated tape punching, programming techniques advancing during time at the Oxford Computing Service
  8. (00:12:39) facilities and locations of the Oxford Computing Service
  9. (00:14:20) crystallography theory, using computers for insulin structure calculations
  10. (00:16:14) shift to 1906 computer; collaborating with David Phillips
  11. (00:17:33) family life, 1963-1970s
  12. (00:20:30) writing refinement programmes, working with Keith Wilson to handle multiple measurements of data
  13. (00:22:59) using graph plotters in crystallography
  14. (00:24:30) changes in printing and graphics
  15. (00:25:25) using the 1906 computer at Oxford
  16. (00:27:36) working to set up software library for crystallographers
  17. (00:28:38) collaborative work, the Collaborative Computing Project no. 4, 1979
  18. (00:34:01) interactions with computing service staff
  19. (00:34:46) women in computing at Oxford
  20. (00:35:31) John Rollett
  21. (00:37:03) leaving Oxford and working in University of York, the computing system at York
  22. (00:42:32) modifying work for Ted Baker
  23. (00:44:00) methodology development in crystallography
  24. (00:45:47) the Collaborative Computing Project no. 4 bulletin board
  25. (00:48:25) treatment as a woman in crystallography
  26. (00:49:40) being made professor at York
  27. (00:54:00) elected fellow of the Royal Society.

(item 2) born digital transcript of oral history interview with Eleanor Dodson, transcribed 16 Jul 2018


  • Creation: 5-16 Jul 2018


2 items

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access



MS. 15797 digital 8

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