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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Date: 
Wednesday, 20 May, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00
Speaker: 
Dr Sophie Wilson
Venue: 
Online
Abstract: 

The talk looks at the history of microprocessors, how we got to where we are now, and what constraints there are on the future. There'll be laws, graphs and references to Star Wars...

About the speaker

Sophie Wilson co-designed, with her colleague Steve Furber, the BBC Microcomputer, BBC BASIC and the Acorn Assembler. They then went on to design the ARM processor, which originally powered Acorn's computers, and is now the core of virtually every mobile phone and tablet in the world – 75 billion ARM-powered chips have been sold to date. Sophie is a Broadcom Fellow and Distinguished Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society and an honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. She has an honorary doctorate of science from Cambridge University and a CBE.

Seminar series: 
The Wheeler Lectures in Computer Science