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Patricia Fancher

Patricia Fancher is a teacher and writer at UC Santa Barbara. Her first book, Queer Techné: Bodies, Rhetorics, and Desire in the History of Computing was released in April 2024. Her scholarly and creative writing can be found at

Christopher Strachey of the National Research Development Corporation demonstrates the memory drum of the Ferranti Mark 1, (also known as the Manchester Electronic Computer), which has 2,000 leads and functions in a similar way to the human brain, Moston, Manchester, February 1955.

The Love Letter Generator That Foretold ChatGPT

Alan Turing and Christopher Strachey created a ground-breaking computer program that allowed them to express affection vicariously when so doing publicly, as gay men, was criminal.