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The women that helped create NAG - International Women's Day 2017

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On International Women’s Day 2017 we are proud to highlight three pivotal women that played important roles in forming the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG). 

NAG has been producing numerical software for over 4 decades which is a remarkable achievement given how hardware and algorithms have evolved during this time. Back in 1970 four people got together: Brian Ford, Lecturer at the University of Nottingham (later to become NAG Founder Director); Joan Walsh, University Reader in Numerical Analysis at the University of Manchester and expert on Ordinary Differential Equations; Shirley Lill, Lecturer in Optimization at the University of Leeds; and Linda Hayes, knowledgeable in Numerical Linear Algebra, and Research Assistant of Professor Leslie Fox (Director of the University of Oxford Computing Laboratory and Professor of Numerical Analysis). 

At this historic meeting on the 13 May 1970, Joan, Shirley, Linda, and Brian discussed their institutions new ICL 1906A Computers and the disti…