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Dr G W Robinson CBE, FREng


Geoff Robinson (Chair, Advisory Committee) joined the IBM Hursley Development Laboratory in 1969 after gaining a first class honours degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Quantum Mechanics from Nottingham University. After a variety of technical and management positions, he was appointed manager of the IBM UK Scientific Centre in 1982, where he established leading research groups in advanced computing technologies and applications. He became Technical Director and Director of Software Development in 1986 and Hursley Laboratory Director in 1988. Under his leadership, the Laboratory won the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement twice (once in partnership with Oxford University) and was the first large-scale R&D organisation in the UK to achieve ISO9000 quality certification. He was subsequently also appointed Chairman of Transarc Corporation, an IBM US subsidiary company, and Vice President of the IBM Networking Software Division. He retired from IBM employment in 1997.

From 1992-94, Geoff was Chief Adviser on Science & Technology at the UK Government Department of Trade and Industry playing an influential role in the development of the Government's White Paper on Science, Engineering and Technology: 'Realising our Potential'. He has been a member of many public sector advisory bodies including the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, the Health and Safety Laboratory and the Radiocommunications Agency. He is Chairman of the Economic and Social Research Council's Innovation and Virtual Society Research Programmes. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a past president of the British Computer Society and a visiting professor at Southampton University.

Geoff was Director General and Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey from 1 October 1998 to 1 October 1999.

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