The inaugural Mary Somerville Lecture by Dame Stephanie Shirley CH – ‘Excluding the Excluded’

24 October 2018

Dame Stephanie Shirley (85) was an unaccompanied child refugee who took her maths degree at evening classes and was a late pioneer of computing. In 1962 she started what became a successful software company of women, for women; and then gave most of her self-made money away. As the National Ambassador for Philanthropy in 2009/10 she took as her pledge

Giving is a pleasurable act of desire and compassion to help, change or challenge any aspect of society by raising the bar on our capacity to be generous.

Dame Stephanie is a Foundation Fellow of Balliol and on Oxford University’s Court of Benefactors. To-date she has given £68m, some to IT (her professional discipline) but mainly to autism (her late son’s disorder).

The first woman President of the British Computer Society, she is a Companion of Honour and has been honoured by Cambridge and numerous other universities. Her TED Talk has had over 2m views and filming of her memoir Let IT Go starts next year.

Time: 17.30 – 18.30 – Followed by a reception

Venue: Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College

All welcome, please email to register

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