Dr. Subrata Dasgupta will be presenting a lecture, titled "What is Cognitive History? Ruminating on a Cross-Cultural Discipline", on Wednesday, April 18th. The lecture will be held at James R. Oliver Hall, room 112. The lecture is set to start at 2:00 PM.
Subrata Dasgupta joined UL in 1982. Since 1993 he has held the Computer Science Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair. Prior to that, on leave from UL he was the Dowty Professor of Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology. He has held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge, Oxford University, Technical University of Aachen, University of Oldenberg, Simon Fraser University, and the Indian Institute of Science. He has also served as a consultant with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) at the Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Bangalore, India. He has delivered some 65 invited lectures and keynote addresses in Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Spain, United Kingdom, Romania, and the United States. For some ten years he served on the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 10.2 on Digital Systems Description and Design Tools.
For the past thirty years, Dasgupta’s focus has been on the historical and cognitive nature of creativity, especially in science, engineering and technology, art, design, and intellectual/cultural movements. In addition to some 75 papers and articles, he is the author of seventeen books including, most recently, Awakening: The Story of the Bengal Renaissance (Random House India, 2010) – which was longlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Literary Prize for Nonfiction in 2011; It Began with Babbage: The Genesis of Computer Science (Oxford University Press, 2014) – which was a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title for 2014” selection in 2015; Computer Science: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2016, a volume in their prestigious and best-selling ‘Very Short Introductions’ series) and the forthcoming The Second Age of Computer Science: From Algol Genes to Neural Nets (Oxford University Press, 2018).
He is also the author of three novels and a memoir called Salaam Stanley Matthews (Granta 2006). He and his work have featured in periodicals and newspapers in Britain, India and Spain, on BBC radio, and a number of online podcasts.
Dasgupta received a UL Foundation Distinguished Professor Award in 1989. He was the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi South Central Regional Scholar Award (2002) and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board (2017). His biographical entries appear in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education, Writers Directory and Contemporary Authors.