Dr. Sophie Wilson CBE is one of the most important people in the history of computing, with a list of accomplishments as long as your arm. Her influence is such that you are probably writing this article about a device containing it: alongside Steve Furber, she designed Acorn’s first ARM processor, the chips that now power almost all cellphones and tablets.
In the video above posted by the Cambridge Computer Lab, Dr Wilson talks about her upbringing, what led her to computer science, and more specifically in this video of the creation of the BBC Micro computer. She is now a research fellow at Broadcom, where she designs microprocessors.
It’s full of interesting things and a particular pleasure is his memory of growing up in a house “where my parents had done most of it”, and how his parents met all of life’s challenges: building more things.
It’s a remarkable story and the video then moves on to Eben Upton, also a Cambridge University Computer Lab alumnus and Raspberry Pi designer, who explains how the BBC Micro impacted his life and aspects of this one that continued. in Raspberry Pi philosophies. Upton’s emphasis on the practicality of the device, the requirement that children “be able to put it in and out of their bag a thousand times”, is the kind of design that would drive the Pi to all kinds of unforeseen places.
It’s a really nice video anyway, and if you haven’t come across Dr Wilson’s story yet, it’s the perfect introduction to the work of a remarkable person, which is in huge amounts. of the technology we use today. If all the Black Friday deals get you down, brew a cup of tea, sit back, relax, and learn. Discounts can wait.