Presentation on LEO computers at London Hopper Colloquium

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Elisabetta Mori, 2nd. from left, waiting to give her Spotlight presentation at London Hopper 2017

The London Hopper Colloquium  is an annual one day event for researchers across the UK who are building a career in computing. It is modelled on the American Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which aims to bring the research and career interests of women in the spotlight. These annual American meetings are held as a tribute to Admiral
Grace Murray Hopper – pioneer of one of the first high-level computer language COBOL and was one of the first programmers of Harvard Mark I computer. She inspired many young U.S. Naval computing students at the time and still continues to do so years after her death.

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Elisabetta Mori, 2nd. from left, waiting to hear the results of the Spotlight competition at London Hopper 2017

This year, the 13th London Hopper Colloquium was organised by UCL and the BCS Academy on Thursday 25 May 2017 at the BCS headquarters in London. We are delighted to announce that Elisabetta Mori, a PhD student at Middlesex, was chosen to present her work in a research spotlight on the day. Ms Mori’s research focuses on the LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) computers developed by the catering firm J. Lyons and Co in the 1950s. In particular, she is investigating the social, political and business circumstances that contributed to the success and later decline of LEO Computers, as well as the technical developments and
hardware design.

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London Hopper 2017

Follow the work of the History and Philosophy of Computing group at Middlesex University: http://ta.mdx.ac.uk/leo/
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