It is with much sadness that we have to report the recent passing of Kathleen Booth
in September at the age of a little over 100 years. Roger Johnson writes –
She must be one of the last of the women true pioneers starting work at Birkbeck in 1946
with Andrew (Donald) Booth who she subsequently married.
She had a PhD in Mathematics from Kings College London.
Her written legacy is rather small but it is clear that she was part of a real team with Donald.
Her role as I assess it was firstly to write software to test the hardware that he built
(although it is clear she also helped with the electronics) and subsequently went on to
build innovative applications in areas including natural language translation and also early ideas on AI.
She wrote one book published in 1958 on the programming of their APERC, HEC2 and MAC computers.