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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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9 SHAPE THE FUTURE

Dame Stephanie Shirley, March 2007

We should be proactive and shape the future, rather than suffer it as it comes, believes Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley. Her career spanned successfully founding the company that is now Xansa plc1 and being the first female president of BCS. She now runs her own charitable foundation and spoke about her activities and ideas, past and present, to Helen Boddy, BCS assistant editor.

What made you decide to join the BCS 50 years ago?

I joined the BCS on its foundation. It was a clear declaration to my employer that my future was in computing and not in mathematics. Originally a mathematician, I had then fallen in love with computing. There is no other way to describe it – it was overnight: ...

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