Saturday, July 07, 2007

Professor Donald Michie 1923.11.11 - 2007.7.7

Professor Donald Michie, 83, and his ex-wife, geneticist Dame Anne McLaren, 80, were killed when their car left the M11 motorway as they travelled from Cambridge to London on Saturday 7th July 2007.

Donald Michie came to Edinburgh in 1958, to join the Department of Surgical Science. He went on to found both the Experimental Programming Unit and the Department of Machine Intelligence at Edinburgh in the 1960s, and was appointed to a Personal Chair in Machine Intelligence in 1967. He left Edinburgh in 1984 to found the Turing Institute in Glasgow.

Anne McLaren also worked in Edinburgh, as member of the Institute of Animal Genetics from 1959 to 1974, when she left to become the Director of the MRC Mammalian Development Unit in London. In 1992, she became a principal research associate at the Welcome Trust/Cancer Research UK.

Many of us were fortunate to hear Donald's illuminating talk, given on 28th June, at the recent Edinburgh Computer History Reunion, and were looking forward to future visits. They will both be sadly missed.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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Celebrating Computing at Edinburgh

From 27-29th June, we will be welcoming the Edinburgh Computer History Project, a group of former staff, students and associates, Edinburgh pioneers from the early days of computing, back to Edinburgh for a reunion.

Following on from our graduation ceremony and celebrations on June 26th, a series of events, incorporating our annual Informatics Jamboree and Milner Lecture, will take place from June 27 - 29.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007, Appleton Tower

  • All day - Registration, and meet up with old friends in Appleton Tower
  • Look in various archives to find your old files
  • Bring old source listings and docs - we'll scan them
  • Tours of current Informatics facilities - TBC

Thursday, 28 June 2007, Appleton Tower

  • Informatics Jamboree, talks and poster exhibition
  • Talk by Emeritus Professor Donald Michie
  • The Milner Lecture, delivered by Prof. Ron Fagin, and Reception
  • Reunion Dinner, sponsored by Microsoft

Friday, 29 June 2007, Appleton Tower

  • Edinburgh Computer History Conference & Alumni reunion
  • Lunch
  • Edinburgh Computer History Project AGM and distribution of DVD copies of archive
  • Preview tours of the new Informatics Forum (opening April 2008) - TBC
  • Ceilidh featuring “Freeland Barbour and The Occasionals”

All those with an interest, and particularly those who have contributed to the history of computing at Edinburgh, are warmly invited to attend — there is a registration fee of £12.50. Please register online.

Update Sunday 17th June The reunion dinner on the 28th is now full to capacity. All other events are still open and you can still register (then if we have any cancellations for dinner, we can allocate those places to the people who register first).

Visit the Edinburgh Computer History Project forum for more information on the project.

Those planning to attend should download an information pack. If you have any further questions about the reunion please contact our Alumni Relations Officer.

Those attending may also be interested in the Enlightenment Lecture, Is science showing that we don't have free will? to be delivered by by Daniel Dennett at 6pm on 27th June. Tickets for this should be reserved online.

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