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Chris Reynolds: Memoir

Born 23 March 1938 in Hertfordshire. Brought up in Somerset & Devon; Six schools attended before age of 13. Dartington Hall School, Totnes, Devon 1952-56 (very progressive and unconventional). University College London 1956-1959 BSc in Chemistry. Exeter University 1959-1962 - PhD in Theoretical Organic Chemistry. 

After starting a career as an Information Officer at a public institution decided on a career move for a higher salary with Shell-Mex & PB in 1965 as a programmer working on their LEO III computer, but joined English Electric LEO Marconi as a Systems analyst/ sales consultant in 1967. 

Worked on a number of projects but became dissatisfied with the way applications were described. He proposed the development of a language (first named DORIS later extended and renamed CODIL) designed for users being able to define their own systems and interested the LEO management in its development. 

Joined Pinkertons team in Minerva Road for further work on his notions. Despite progress EELM did not take the ideas further and in 1970 Chris left, first for a job with Plessey as a systems analyst and then in 1971 joined Brunel University to start an academic career, finishing in 1088 with the title Reader. 

Much of his research was focused on the development of CODIL resulting in a spate of Conference presentations and Journal articles. Ill health and poor relations with new head of department led to early retirement followed by some lecturing at De Montford University and much local history work in Hertfordshire, but also some further work on CODIL. Active member of LEO Computers Society.

(Full memoir to be added.)

Date : Unknown

Creator : LEO

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