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Chris Rowley

When not indulging his addiction to travel, Chris lives in London with his wine cellar, his ceramic collection, and his memories. These last include some now rather hazy ones of the 60s, when he was addicted to mathematics but also dipped his mind into computing, both the theory of programming (pretty wild stuff back then) and number crunching (nice streamers from the paper tape).

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It was not until the early 80s that he discovered, on a newly occupied desk, a TV-like object that was connected to a computer and could help him do creative and useful things, such as producing a single page of beautiful typeset mathematics. That was not done using TeX—so it took two days to complete that single page; but it made him realize what was possible and set him thinking about a better way to achieve it. He is very grateful that he then very soon stumbled across TeX and, not long after, LaTeX; the latter being especially providential, as his colleagues included six mathematical typists who needed something that would work for them too. A few years on he heard about a guy called Mittlebach-andSchöpf (sic) in Mainz and the rest is ....to be continued


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