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Harold Thimbleby, HCI researcher

Prof Harold Thimbleby FIET CEng FRCPE FLSW HonFRSA HonFRCP is an internationally respected computer scientist, with a particular interest in human error and healthcare IT. His research team won the 2014 GE Healthcare Award for Outstanding Impact in Healthcare. He has been a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder and a Leverhulme Trust Fellow. He is an Expert Advisor on IT to the Royal College of Physicians. His book Press On (MIT Press) won several international prizes. He has given over 500 invited talks in 30 different countries. His web site is

Harold Thimbleby, Enigma researcher

Harold Thimbleby is professor of computer science at Swansea University, Wales, and is Emeritus Professor of Geometry, Gresham College, London. He built an electromechanical Enigma in 2002 to illustrate a Gresham College lecture on cryptography, and he has been fascinated by the topic ever since. Harold’s research interest is human error, particularly in complex healthcare systems, but he became interested in the Enigma because its design failures make a provocative analogue to healthcare IT design failures. See

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