Suffolk Book League Author's Talk
Mon, 16 Sep 1919.30
Rebecca Stott is a novelist and historian. She is a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her eleven books include three non-fiction history of science books.
Rebecca Stott's 2017 memoir, In the Days of Rain, tells of her experience growing up in a separatist fundamentalist Christian cult.
Constructing the Sutton Hoo Ship replica
Wed, 25 Sep 1919.00 - 20.30
£4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.
What are the processes for constructing a 90ft ship?
This talk explains the background and shows the practical steps, from hewing trees to the launching of a Scandinavian ship
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Tales from the early days of British computing
Professor Simon Lavington
Wed, 09 Oct 1919.00 - 20.30
£4 (£5 for non-members)
Ferranti Ltd. delivered the world’s first production computer in 1951 and for some time was effectively the only supplier of computers to countries outside the USA. In this talk we set Ferranti in the context of British and American projects, exploring the company’s relationship to other computer manufacturers. Women mathematicians featured strongly as early programmers and the careers of six of these pioneers are described. Of the nine Ferranti installations, most were applied to Cold War defence problems. The case-history of GCHQ’s first computer is taken as an example.
Emeritus Professor Simon Lavington, M.Sc., Ph.D., FIEE, FBCS graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and joined the University’s computer design group. He became Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex in 1986.