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Marvin Minsky, Margaret Forster, Peter Powell, Sir Brian Tovey, Joe Alaskey

Matthew Bannister on artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky, writer Margaret Forster, kite inventor Peter Powell, GCHQ director Sir Brian Tovey, voice artist Joe Alaskey

Matthew Bannister on

Professor Marvin Minsky - the computer scientist who carried out pioneering work on artificial intelligence.

Margaret Forster who wrote novels like Georgy Girl and acclaimed biographies including a life of Daphne Du Maurier.

Peter Powell who invented the stunt kite and turned it into a global business, before it all came crashing down.

Sir Brian Tovey who was director of the Government Communications Head Quarters - GCHQ - when the government tried to introduce a ban on trade union membership.

And Joe Alaskey, the voice artist behind Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.

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28 minutes

Marvin Minsky (Pictured)

Matthew spoke to Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Patrick Winston.

Born 9 August 1927; died 24 January 2016 aged 88

Margaret Forster

Last Word spoke to her daughter; Caitlin Davies and authors; Claire Tomalin and Elizabeth Day.

Born 25 May 1938; died 8 February 2016 aged 77

Peter Powell

Matthew spoke to his son; Mark Powell.

Born 29 June 1932; died 3 January 2016 aged 83

Sir Brian Tovey

Matthew spoke to his daughter; Helen Fulton and Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick; Prof Richard Aldrich.

Born 15 April 1926; died 23 December 2015 aged 89

Joe Alaskey

Born 17 April 1952; died 3 February 2016 aged 63

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