Biography of Dennis Cyril Gilles
Dennis Cyril Gilles was the first Chair of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow in 1966.
Gilles had studied at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. After an initial period of teaching in Liverpool, he joined, in 1949, the staff of Scientific Computing Service Ltd., returning in 1955 to computer research in the Computing Machine Laboratory of the University of Manchester.
In 1957, the University of Glasgow appointed Dr Gilles to establish a computing laboratory, and became the first university in Scotland to have an electronic computer. That same year the Glasgow Branch of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT, was founded and Gilles chaired the inaugural meeting on 11 November. Gilles directed the computer laboratory from its modest beginnings with the Deuce Computer to the KDF 9 computing system.
Latterly, Professor Emeritus of Computing Science, Professor Gilles died on 5 October 2013.