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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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6 COMPUTING’S TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT TO MEN

Karen Spärck Jones, March 2007

Karen Spärck Jones is winner of the 2007 BCS Lovelace Medal. BCS managing editor Brian Runciman interviewed her.

By way of introduction, can you tell us something about your work?

In some respects I’m not a central computing person. On the other hand, the area I’ve worked in has become more central and important to computing. I’ve always worked in what I like to call natural language information processing. That is to say, dealing with information in natural language and information that is conveyed by natural language, because that’s what we use.

I think that what has been happening is that those kind of things that were initially thought of as external applications, ...

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