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Date & Time

Tuesday 23rd November
6:30pm – 8:00pm


Complimentary. Please note that places for this event are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Deadline and link

The deadline to register for this event has now passed.


You’ll be given a link to the event. You should not share this link, but members of your household are welcome to join the call (these guests will be with you on camera, using the same device/Zoom account). 

Submitting questions in advance

Johnians are welcome to submit questions in advance, if they wish. Please send your questions to

General information

For further information or if you have any enquiries, please contact the Development Office on 01223 338700 or at

Computer Sciences then and now: Discussing Maurice Wilkes’ legacy

Sir Maurice Wilkes (1931) led the development of the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC) at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory in the 40’s. EDSAC was the first practical computer intended to provide a service to scientists in other disciplines and was the basis for the world’s first business computer, LEO.

Wilkes was the most important figure in the development of practical computing in the UK, making significant contributions to software development, microprogramming and cache memory. Since then, the evolution of Computer Science has been so significant that we now live in a computer-driven world.

Please join us for a discussion of Maurice Wilkes’ legacy on Tuesday 23 November, 6.30pm to 8pm, with fellow Johnians experts in the field of Computer Sciences.

Meet the panel

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Professor Robert Mullins (2007)

Reader in Computer Architecture at the Department of Computer Science and Technology and a founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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Michelle Seng Ah Lee (2019)

PhD Candidate at Cambridge Computer Lab and a Senior Manager and AI Ethics Lead in the Risk Analytics team at Deloitte UK

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Dr Simon Crosby (1990)

Ph.D. in Computer Science and the CTO at SWIM.AI. Previously, he served as the CTO of Data Centre and Cloud Division at Citrix Systems.

Make the most of virtual events

Find a quiet, private space

It’s important to find a quiet space to listen to the talk in order not to be disruptive to others while your microphone is on.

Always mute your microphone if you’re not speaking

This ensures you enter the talk quietly and that any background noises that could be distracting to the speaker and other participants are now inaudible. To ‘mute’ yourself, click the ‘Mute’ button (a microphone symbol). A red slash will appear over the microphone icon indicating that your audio is now off.

Raise your hand

During the Q&A session, click on the icon labelled ‘Participants’ at the bottom centre of your PC or Mac screen. At the bottom of the window on the right side of the screen, click the button labelled ‘Raise Hand’. Your digital hand is now raised, and the moderator will tell you when it’s your turn to ask your question.