About the Speaker

Steve Furber

Steve Furber is best known for being one of the designers of the BBC Micro and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. He is currently ICL Professor of Computer Engineering at the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester.

Furber received his BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 1974.  In 1978, he was appointed the Rolls-Royce Research Fellow in Aerodynamics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was awarded a PhD in 1980. Between 1980 and 1990, he worked at Acorn Computers Ltd, as a Hardware Designer and later as Design Manager.

In 1997, Furber became a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. Furber was awarded the prestigious IET Faraday Medal in 2007 and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2008.  In 2010, he was elected one of the three laureates of the Millennium Technology Prize, for his work on the development of the ARM processor, and in 2012 he was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA.