A University academic has been given a Fellow Award from the Computer History Museum for his outstanding work in computer processing.
Professor Steve Furber has been honoured by the museum, the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, for his pioneering work on the ARM processor.
Professor Furber, who is ICL Professor Of Computer Engineering at the University , was honoured alongside fellow chief architect of the ARM processor Sophie Wilson.
Also given Fellow Awards were Edward A. Feigenbaum, pioneer of artificial intelligence and expert systems and Fernando J. Corbató, pioneer of timesharing and the Multics operating system,
The four Fellows will be inducted into the museum’s Hall of Fellows on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at a formal ceremony where Silicon Valley insiders, technology leaders, and Museum supporters will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the Fellows and their impact on society.
Professor Furber worked in the research and development group at Acorn Computers Ltd from 1981 to 1990, and was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer (1982) and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor.
He and colleague Sophie Wilson designed the Micro as part of a national TV program on personal computing. More than a million BBC Micros were sold and used in more than 80% of all U.K. schools.
The pair then co-designed the 32-bit RISC Machine processor (1985) to address a need at Acorn for a new microprocessor that outperformed any then-commercially available product.
The ARM processor core is now used in thousands of different products, from mobile phones and tablets to digital televisions and video games. It features greatly reduced power usage relative to other microprocessor designs and has enabled the mobile revolution in computing.