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Andrew & Kathleen Booth Lecture

Thursday 20th July 2017 starting at 5.30pm

We are delighted to announce that this year’s lecture will be given by Dame Stephanie Shirley, DBE, FRS, FREng. Dame Stephanie studied for two postgraduate years at Birkbeck under Dr Andrew Booth and became an honorary Fellow in 2002. Having arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee in 1939, she started an early software company as a company of women, a company for women. This went public in 1996 and employed 8,500 people when it was acquired and delisted in 2007, valued at nearly three billion dollars.

Since her nominal retirement, she has founded four charities and taken each into sustainability; she is enjoying investing her hard earned wealth in IT (her professional discipline) and autism (her late son’s disorder).

The Andrew and Kathleen Booth Memorial lecture 2017 will to be a stimulating evening attended by alumni, friends and DCSIS staff. If you would also like to attend the event, please register your interest with the BEI Events Officer, Lucy Tallentire including the following details:

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• Organisation
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Up to 2016, the Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture was delivered annually by a distinguished computer scientist to commemorate Professor Andrew Booth's work in creating some of the world’s first electronic computers at Birkbeck and also his pioneering research into machine translation. From 2017, the annual Andrew & Kathleen Booth Lecture will honour also Kathleen Booth's work on designing and programming these early computers. For more details of their work, please see the Short History of computing at Birkbeck.

2016 - Science and Innovation Strategy by Professor Andrew Blake, the Founding Director of the Alan Turing Institute (video)

2015 - The Importance of Web Science by Professor Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton (video)