Our seminar series is free and available for anyone to attend. Unless otherwise stated, seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm in the Kilburn Building during teaching season.

If you wish to propose a seminar speaker please contact Antoniu Pop.


Title: Another Manchester computer pioneer: Desmond Henry

  • Speaker:   Elaine  O'Hanrahan
  • Host:   David Rydeheard
  • 4th December 2013 at 14:00 in Lecture Theatre 1.4
This seminar is in the form of a pre-Christmas entertainment.

We have recently learnt about the work of Desmond Henry [1921-2004] (see who was an artist, philosopher and pioneer in computer art. He used wartime analogue computing devices to create artworks, and was a member of the Philosophy Department here. He discussed morphogenesis with Alan Turing and received an award from L.S. Lowry.

We are planning to create a display of his work, possibly in the Kilburn building. There has been a recent exhibition of his work at MOSI.

Desmond's daughter, who keeps his archive, is offering to give us an illustrated talk about her father's work.

Do come along. Desmond Henry was a very interesting character and a highly accomplished artist as well as an engineer and philosopher. If you are interested in helping with a display of his work - this is an opportunity to get involved.

There will be an opportunity to meet the speaker at a reception after the seminar when refreshments will be available.
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