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Sunday, 19 January 2003 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Daphne Oram, the co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, passed away on January 6 aged 77. Although Oram didn't work on Doctor Who directly, her work influenced it greatly; she "created an experimental early intelligent musical instrument called Oramics inspiring the modern electronic music industry of today," according to the BBC's internal magazine Ariel. "This charming, eccentric individual, who appeared at the college gate with her shopper trolley filled with oscilators, bits of electronic circuitry and a quarter inch tape machine, leaves behind a legacy of imaginative, alternative thinking as an inspiration to all composers from all musical genres. She very much wanted to remain until her dying day a 'useful' member of society. A true artist in the fullest sense of the word." Certainly her work inspired those who came after, including Doctor Who composers Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire. (Thanks to Jim Sangster)