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BABBAGE Dennis Sadly passed away at home after a short illness, surrounded by his Family. Beloved Husband of Pat, much loved Dad of Anita, Lorraine and Adrian and an adored Grampy. Grateful thanks to the Doctors and Staff of Prescott Ward. The funeral service will take place at Cheltenham Cemetery Chapel on Monday, 28th September at 1.15pm. Family flowers only. Donations for Cancer Research UK may be sent c/o Selim Smith & Co, 74 Prestbury Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2DJ.
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Published in: Gloucestershire area.
Published from: September 24, 2009.
Region: South West
Dennis was my tutor at Magdalene College in the 50’s. He straightened out a first-year student by admonishing it might be good for him to attend lectures!But Dennis’s lecturing style was a challenge – writing with one hand and simultaneously erasing with the other. Sitting up close, I was able to scribble down his notes before they disappeared. I cherish those lecture notes to this day.Special memories of tutorials are when Dennis would lean back in his chair, cigarette in hand, and intone: “Let’s go up into five.” He would then take a complicated 3-D problem and explicate it elegantly in five dimensions. Some mind!Dennis showed his humour in a problem he once set involving a compound matrix PAPA. The objective was to prove trace (PAPA) = 0. After discussing the proof, he remarked: “Thus we have shown trace (PAPA) vanishes – or PAPA vanishes without a trace!”Well, grand-papa may have vanished, but not without a trace. He will be remembered for a long, long time by his children and grandchildren, to say nothing of his devoted students.RICHARD HOLFORD (Former student who emigrated to the USA. Now retired after an extended career at Bell Labs.)
Left by Richard Holford: 03/02/2010
Time may pass and fade away,But silent thoughts and memories stay.from Amanda.
Left by Amanda Sharp: 06/01/2010
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