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Mavis Batey - obituary - Telegraph
"Mavis Batey, who has died aged 92, was one of the leading female codebreakers at Bletchley Park, cracking the Enigma ciphers that led to the Royal Navy’s victory at Matapan, its first fleet action since Trafalgar." Today's Bletchley obituary; as expected, a completely excellent life by all accounts.
enigma  codebreaking  ww2  bletchleypark  obituary 
november 2013 by infovore
Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91 - NYTimes.com
"The Po-2 biplanes flown by the Night Witches had an advantage over the faster, deadlier German Messerschmitts: their maximum speed was lower than the German planes’ stall speed, making them hard to shoot down." Flying by night, with no radar or radio, dropping bombs on German positions; remarkable women, all.
obituary  ww2  russia  flight 
july 2013 by infovore
Alex Moulton obituary | Technology | The Guardian
"Though adept at mathematics and engineering science, his inventions were all human-centred and focused on the experience and enjoyment of the user. He abandoned his design of a steam motorboat engine, for example, because once he had developed it to rival diesel power it lost its suppleness and "was not a nice thing any more". His car suspensions and the cycle developments were entirely aimed at providing a superior experience for the user. He was very taken, through his association with Bridgestone, with the Japanese sense of the "spirit" of an artefact, reflecting its origins and the care with which it was made. He liked the idea that by seeing and using something one can detect this "spirit", which fitted his own conviction that manufacture and industry are morally rewarding. "Man should make things … Make a profit, of course, but don't take the money gain as the prime judgment."" Great paragraph from this obituary of Alex Moulton.
alexmoulton  obituary  engineering  making  spirit 
december 2012 by infovore
Ronald Searle | The Economist
"Molesworth sa on the contry the most beatiful form in art is a Ronald Searle GURL from St Trinian’s in a tunick with black suspenders and armed with a hockey stick to beat the daylites out of another gurl or maybe just a teacher chortle chortle." Economist obituaries are always worthwhile, but this Ronald Searle one is marvellous
obituary  ronaldsearle  molesworth  economist 
january 2012 by infovore
Obituary: printf("goodbye, Dennis"); | The Economist
"All operating systems know when they were born. Their internal clocks start counting then, so they can calculate the date and time in the future. It is unclear whether it was Mr Ritchie or Mr Thompson who set the so-called start Unix time at January 1st, 1970. That moment came to be known as the epoch. Mr Ritchie helped bring it about. And with it, he ushered in a new era." Which is as poetic a way as any of expressing how deeply rooted K&R are in the modern world.
dennisritchie  economist  obituary  technology  unix  c 
october 2011 by infovore
Martin Woodhouse - Telegraph
"Martin Woodhouse, who has died aged 78, was a psychologist and medic, but worked variously as a novelist, scriptwriter, engineer, programmer, government planner, artificial intelligence researcher and perfumer." Early AI and writing for the Avengers. Blimey. When I grow up, I would like life to be like this.
obituary  martinwoodhouse  polymath  awesome 
august 2011 by infovore
: Charis Wilson | The Economist
"In [Nude] she was always sorry for the clumsy pins, and the uneven parting in her hair. But Edward Weston regretted the shadow on her right arm, which spoiled the symmetry of her body curving like an architectural form or a tree, or like a curling wave on the coast, lines as lovely as any in Nature. To her lasting astonishment, he had glorified her." I love Economist obituaries, and this one - of Charis Wilson - is no exception. Lovely.
photography  economist  obituary  art  chariswilson  via:blech 
december 2009 by infovore
Professor Bruce Archer - Obituaries, News - The Independent
"Archer trained a generation of design researchers, showing them how the procedures of scholarly research based on well-founded evidence and systematic analysis were as applicable in design as in the more traditional academic subjects. For design practice, he argued there was a need for method and rigour, and for decisions to be recorded and explained so that they could, if necessary, be defended." Great obituary from the Independent.
design  designresearch  brucearcher  obituary  theindependent 
august 2009 by infovore
The man who invented the doner kebab has died - Telegraph
"Mr Aygun once said: "I thought how much easier it would be if they could take their food with them." The first of the new snacks was served on March 2, 1971, at Hasir, his restaurant in Berlin. It was called a doner kebab after the Turkish word "dondurmek" which means a rotating roast." So now you know.
history  food  obituary  kebab  doner  donerkebab 
january 2009 by infovore
Obituary: Tony Hart | Media | The Guardian
"Morph was sometimes supposed to copy Hart's own artistic work, but not perfectly. In this way nervous children were reassured that even their endearing hero Morph could get it wrong, which made them determined to pick up their pens and pencils and other objects and do better... He believed that most of the things he did could be done only [on television]: "I hope that by example, and by humour, children will start to make pictures for themselves. Show them, don't tell them!"" I was terrible at art, and most forms of drawing, but I could watch his hands work all day.
art  learning  education  children  obituary  tonyhart 
january 2009 by infovore
Obituary: Douglas Keen | Books | The Guardian
"As editorial director of Ladybird Books, Douglas Keen, who has died aged 95, was responsible for the first experience of reading of millions of children." Myself included; I learned to read with Peter, Jane, and my Mum, sitting on my bedroom floor each morning.
books  reading  education  children  ladybird  douglaskeen  obituary 
november 2008 by infovore
Martin Bell: Charles Wheeler: an inspiration | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"Charles Wheeler, who has died at the age of 85, set the standard to which all broadcast journalists of my generation aspired. We never reached it, but we knew that if we got close we were doing well." Martin Bell on Charles Wheeler.
martinbell  charleswheeler  journalism  obituary  correspondant 
july 2008 by infovore
Don McPhee 1945-2007 | Gallery | Guardian Unlimited
A gallery of Don McPhee's best pictures for the Guardian with commentary from the paper's picture editor, Roger Tooth.
photography  obituary  photojournalism  guardian 
march 2007 by infovore

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