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Geoff Pye: Interview

Interviewee: Geoff Pye

Interviewer: Paul Bygrave
Date of Interview: 3rd August, 2017
Editor: Frank Land
Joined LEO: 1956

Abstract: Geoff Pye was brought up in near Ilford, East London, took a degree in Geography at Kings College, University of London, and after 2 years National Service, looked to start a career as a Management Trainee. Applying to Lyons, amongst other companies, he was diverted to the fledgling LEO organisation, interviewed by Ted Rowley and David Caminer, he was impressed, took the aptitude test and was offered a job as a programming trainee under the tutelage of Leo Fantl. 

After a period rising in the programming/system ranks, including secondment to the MPNI LEO II/6 in Newcastle changed tack to running computer operations taking charge of the first of the London LEO service bureaux and subsequently the EELM and ICL bureau operations. Following a brief interlude working for consultants John Hoskyns he returned to ICL as a senior manager for BARIC the joint service bureau company set up by ICL and Barclays Bank. As batch services were sold off to be replaced by INS, the ICL network services company, Geoff took up the reigns. More senior jobs in operations followed before retirement age 60.

Copyright: Leo Computers Society.

Restrictions: None known

(Recording and transcript to be added.)

Date : 3rd August 2017

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH56449. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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