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Leaders in Computing by Donald Knuth, Dame Stephanie Shirley, DBE FREng FBCS CEng CITP, Jimmy Wales, Vint Cerf, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Karen Spärck Jones, FBA, Grady Booch, Linus Torvalds, Steve Wozniak

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FOREWORD

GETTING TO SPEAK TO WELL-KNOWN FIGURES

Like most journalists I suffer from PIT (pre-interview trepidation) – the people I have the privilege to interview are often at the top of their professions or disciplines, renowned, much-decorated, very very intelligent. Will they disappoint me, turning out to be pompous or overbearing? Or, worse, will they find me out – effortlessly exposing my limitations with one well-turned phrase or insight?

I’m pleased to report that those we’ve interviewed over recent times, many of whom are at the leading edge of computer science are, to a person, thoroughly decent coves. And interesting.

The likes of Linus Torvalds and Sir Tim Berners-Lee rarely speak to the media, so it’s great to get in front of them, ...

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