• 1942 April 30
    (b.) - ?


A Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Manchester from 1985 until he retired in September 2007, he was subsequently appointed as Professor Emeritus and continues to undertake research. Before joining the university he had worked for International Computers Limited (ICL), then the UK's largest computer manufacturer. During the 1970s he had been the chief designer of ICL's VME operating system. As Professor of Software Engineering, he researches the development of techniques which enable the dynamic evolution (the ability to change s/w whilst it is executing) of the design of very large systems. He was the founder and principal of the Informatics Process Group (IPG) in the School of Computer Science. IPG was established in 1991 to advance the application of Process Modeling in the context of the organization. Between 1997 and 2002 he led the EPSRC funded Compliant Systems Architecture (CSA) projects. Within Europe he has headed the Manchester operating system team on the ESPRIT-funded EDS project, and the IPG's involvement in the ESPRIT Basic Research Activity PROMOTER on software process modeling and technology. In 2001 he led the IPG's involvement in the Framework IV Basic Research Action PIE, Process Instance Evolution, and later the Archware project, in which he was also joint technical coordinator. He is also the author of several non-fiction books and was appointed the first ICL Fellow in 1984.