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Margaret Masterman (Braithwaite)
Born 4 May 1910(1910-05-04)
Died 1 April 1986 (aged 75)
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Fields Computational linguistics
Known for Cambridge Language Research Unit

Margaret Masterman (1910–1986) was a British linguist and philosopher, most known for her pioneering work in the field of computational linguistics and especially machine translation.


Margaret Masterman was born in London on 4 May 1910 to Charles F. G. Masterman, a politician, and Lucy Blanche Lyttelton, a poet and writer. In 1932 she married Richard Bevan Braithwaite, a philosopher. They had son and a daughter.


Margaret Masterman was one of six students in Wittgenstein's course of 1933-34 whose notes were compiled as The Blue Book. In 1955 she founded and directed the Cambridge Language Research Unit (CLRU), which grew from an informal discussion group to a major research center in computational linguistics in its time.

She was one of cofounders of Lucy Cavendish College and its first Vice-President (1965–1975). She was a great-niece of Lucy Cavendish after whom the college is named.




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