Another Manchester computer pioneer: Desmond Henry Posted: 01 November 2013

4th December 2013 at 14:00 in Lecture Theatre 1.4

Speaker: Elaine O'Hanrahan Host: David Rydeheard

This seminar is in the form of a pre-Christmas entertainment. We have recently learnt about the work of Desmond Henry [1921-2004] who was an artist, philosopher and pioneer in computer art. He used wartime analogue computing devices to create artworks, and was a member of the Philosophy Department at the University of Manchester. He discussed morphogenesis with Alan Turing and received an award from L.S. Lowry. We are planning to create a display of his work, possibly in the Kilburn building. There has been a recent exhibition of his work at MOSI. Desmond's daughter, who keeps his archive, is offering to give us an illustrated talk about her father's work. Do come along. Desmond Henry was a very interesting character and a highly accomplished artist as well as an engineer and philosopher. If you are interested in helping with a display of his work - this is an opportunity to get involved.

There will be an opportunity to meet the speaker at a reception in IT406 after the seminar when refreshments will be available.

Computer Art Society Talk Posted: 01 June 2013

On May 21st 2013 Elaine O'Hanrahan delivered an illustrated talk on the pioneering work of her father, Desmond Paul Henry to a group of over 30 Computer Art Society members at Birkbeck University, London. The talk was very well received and Elaine looks forward to hearing more from the exciting range of contacts made at the talk.

Gill Paul Chooses Henry Posted: 01 February 2013

Writer Gill Paul has been commissioned to write a book called World War 2 Love Stories as part of a series of illustrated books she has produced for Barnes & Noble in the US and for Ivy Press in the UK. Gill has requested permission to include the story of Desmond Paul Henry and his wife Louisa Bayen. Henry's daughter, Elaine O'Hanrahan, has agreed to assist Gill.

Henry in 'Make Amazing Spiral Art' Posted: 01 December 2012

Amazing Spiral Art

Make Amazing Spiral Art' book by Paul Beck

Here is page 19 of the 'Make Amazing Spiral Art' book by Paul Beck, (2012, Sterling Innovation, New York), which depicts Henry's first drawing machine of the early 1960s. Henry would have been most gratified to find himself mentioned in the same section as Archimedes, Pendulum Harmonographs and Lissajous Figures!'.

If you like, you can view the entire page

Henry at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London Posted: 01 November 2012

Henry at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age. London: V&A, 2012

One of DP Henry's works is reproduced as a full-page entry in a recent V&A publication on British Design:

C. Breward and G. Wood, eds. British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age. London: V&A, 2012, p.362.

The picture is fully accredited to Henry in the 'picture credits' section of the publication. Henry's inclusion is a huge compliment and our thanks go to Senior Curator Doug Dodds at the V&A for informing us of this exciting development.