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Memorable Manitobans: Bernard Ashworth Hodson (1928-2014)

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Computer scientist.

Born at Bury, England on 18 September 1928, son of Wilfrid Haslam Hodson and Agnes Ashworth, he was a nurse in the Royal Air Force from 1947 to 1949. After graduating with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Manchester University, he came to Canada to work for the federal government, University of Ottawa, and University of Manitoba where he helped to found the Computer Science Department. He later established his own software development companies. He was especially proud of his contributions to the development of jet engines, search and rescue protocols, the aerospace industry, and Canada’s Avro Arrow. He wrote several books including Modern Data Processing for Management (1973), Computers Without Machine Code (2011), and A Lifetime of Change: A Different Type of Autobiography (2011). He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 23 October 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2014

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