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Linda Hayes, 16 May 2018

MS. 15797 digital 9

Born digital audio of track 1 of interview with Linda Hayes, former Head of User Services at the Oxford Computing Service, conducted by Georgina Ferry, 16 May 2018. Running time 1:02:06, topics include:
  1. (00:00:40) first interest in computing; early schooling and family life
  2. (00:02:54) first degree in Maths at Exeter University
  3. (00:04:06) career choices after university, applying to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and some computing companies
  4. (00:05:01) diploma in Numerical Analysis and Automatic Computing at University of Cambridge, 1964
  5. (00:07:46) valve machines and programming languages used
  6. (00:09:19) decision to go to Oxford after diploma; employment at Oxford as computing service departmental research assistant and working for Leslie Fox, 1965
  7. (00:12:41) users of the KDF9 computer
  8. (00:13:24) location history of the computing department at Oxford
  9. (00:17:15) helpdesk work
  10. (00:18:48) colleagues, gender of computer operator staff
  11. (00:22:12) working with the users of the KDF9 computer
  12. (00:25:49) Numerical Analysis Group (NAG) origins and group members
  13. (00:29:27) Brian Ford's idea behind NAG, name changes of the group
  14. (00:31:40) workings of early NAG
  15. (00:32:31) translation of programme languages
  16. (00:35:37) Oxford Computing Service at Banbury Road
  17. (00:36:43) Susan Hockey, computing in the arts
  18. (00:38:50) Carol Bateman and teaching for the computing service, developing courses and expanding
  19. (00:44:19) female colleagues at Oxford Computing Service and managing staff, staff hierarchy, working as a female for the computing service
  20. (00:49:45) equipment at the Oxford Computing Service
  21. (00:52:18) anecdotes about KDF9 machine room, reliability of the machines
  22. (00:56:29) BBC Micros, teaching the KERMIT programme course
  23. (00:58:30) network of different universities computing services
  24. (01:00:44) introduction of personal computers.
(item 2) born digital audio of interview track 2 with Linda Hayes. Running time 00:27:24. Topics include:
  1. (00:02:20) job offers at IBM and ICL before coming to Oxford
  2. (00:04:00) University library and office computers
  3. (00:04:51) working with local history
  4. (00:05:58) reasons for leaving the computing service, early retirement
  5. (00:08:25) University card system of users
  6. (00:10:00) being a fellow of St. Cross college, time spent after retirement
  7. (00:11:40) origins of the single sign on system for university computers and help centre
  8. (00:14:57) paper documentation of the Oxford Computing Service
  9. (00:21:05) Christopher Strachey of Programming Research Group (PRG).


  • 16 May 2018


2 items

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 15797 digital 9

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom