I’m interested in computer history because my mother was a computer programmer in the 1960s.  I work at The Open University.

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  1. Hi Anna,
    Great article about your mother and her work with the LEO computer. Would you mind if we archived it on our website? We are very keen ro record a social history of computing. By the way, we were at the OU 40years celebrations too. We put on a display of computing & technology in the home through the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s.

  2. Hi Jason,
    By all means, please archive the article on your website, and provide a link to this one. I saw your display at the OU on the 27th June, because even though I work there I couldn’t help going back on the day and feeling proud of the place where I work (especially as I am an OU graduate).
    I see you don’t have a Leo in your collection – well that would be too much to ask seeing as they were quite large and not many still existing! At least you’ve got David Caminer in your People archive. The Leo computer society still meet up occasionally (they’ve got another reunion planned for next year).

  3. Hello Anna,
    A really interesting blog about your mother and her time working with LEO computers. I’m a photographer doing some research into a project about women programmers in the early days of computing. I was wondering if I could talk to you a bit more about what you know of your mothers work? Also I’m very keen to contact any women who may have worked with her in the past.
    Best wishes

    • I have only just come across your Blog, and as the historian of the LEO Computers Society, found it most interesting/ May I add to the comment by Jason. The Cambridge Centre for Computer History and the LEO Computers Society have joined forces on a major project for the preservation and dissemination of the LEO heritage funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project includes a virtual reality reconstruction of the original LEO and the shooting of a documentary film..The project has also collected large numbers of photographs. More information on LEO Computers Society website. For Oliver we also have much information on female programmers including Mary Coombs (Blood) who joined LEO in 1952 and was the world’s first female business programmer, and is still a member of the Society.

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