Obituary: Professor Leslie Fox

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The Independent Online
YOUR obituary of Leslie Fox (by Professor Charles Clenshaw, 11 August) did not mention his deep interest in and support of mathematics education in schools, especially at the time when computers were starting to have an impact on the way mathematics was being taught, writes David Tinsley. Professor Fox made available the facilities of the Oxford Computing Laboratory to local schools in 1966 and inspired many young students, some of whom collaborated in the first book published in the world on computing in school mathematics.

It is difficult now with so many computers available in homes and in classrooms to appreciate the impact his generosity made on young people who were able for the first time to use the power and speed of electronic processing as a regular part of their studies.