|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1922|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 2008|
Lucy Joan Slater was a mathematician who worked on hypergeometric functions, and who found many generalizations of the Rogers–Ramanujan identities. In the early 1950s she played a leading role at Cambridge University in devising a precursor of modern computer operating systems, and subsequently she helped to develop computer programs for econometrics, working for much of the time with UK government officials.
In retirement she devoted much of her time to genealogy:
Ascension Burial Ground Plot 6. Memorial inscriptions in plot 6, the north east yard of the Ascension burial ground, formerly known as St Giles' cemetery, recorded in 1988 by L.J.Slater and updated in 1993.
"6C45 Headstone. LUCY SLATER M.A. nee Dalton of Oldham Classical scholar 3.9.1893-21.5.1975 widow of JOHN WARDLE SLATER F.I.C. Admiralty Chemist 15.10.1892-16.9.1931 buried at Portsmouth (and their only child LUCY JOAN SLATER Sc.D. computer scientist 5.1.1922- ?.?.????)
6C46 No memorial. (Reserved for Dr. L. J. Slater)"
[WRITTEN IN 1993]
Her (unpublished) memoirs include descriptions of life as a teenager in Portsmouth during the bombing of the Second World War, and of working with early computers at Cambridge.
She is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge; in 1997 she completed a remarkable listing of all the graves and their inscriptions in the burial ground. She wrote a paper called "A Walk round the Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge" which describes over 100 of the graves as though the reader is walking around the burial ground and includes detailed maps. The fourth edition is dated December 1994.
She herself was buried there in 2008; her mother Lucy Dalton Slater, M.A. Classical scholar, widow of John Wardle Slater F.I.C., Admiralty chemist [buried in Portsmouth] is buried in the same grave.
John Wardle Slater (1892 - 1931)
Lucy Dalton Slater (1893 - 1975)
Ascension Parish Burial Ground
City of Cambridge
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Sep 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96740379