Matt Williams, a fellow Computer Science PhD from Cardiff University, came up with the delightful idea of compiling “academic family trees” from student-teacher relationships. After all, if it’s good enough for rock bands, its surely good enough for overqualified hackers. And because Matt and I had the same doctoral supervisor (the esteemed Prof. Roger Whitaker), not only are we brothers in this sense, but we share all our ancestors.
So the tree shown in his blog post is also valid for me. And it turns out that I am a direct line descendent of both Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei! And there’s a close cousin branch with such luminaries as Euler, Leibniz, and Turing. I can only imagine how these great men would feel if they could see me now. Disappointed, I suspect, at my current status: led on the sofa, Nexus in hand, making entirely undeserved attempts to bask in their reflected glory.