Authorised form of nameNeedham; Roger Michael (1935 - 2003)
Dates1935 - 2003
Place of birthSheffield
Date of birth09/02/1935
Date of death28/02/2003
Research fieldEngineering
Computer science
Doncaster Grammar School; University of Cambridge, graduated in maths and moral science (1956), diploma in numerical analysis and automatic computing (1957), PhD in information retrieval
Cambridge Language Research Unit (1957-1962); Titan project at Mathematical Laboratory (later known as Computer Laboratory), University of Cambridge under Maurice Wilkes; made a Fellow of Wolfson College (1967); Head of Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge (1980-1996); Professor, University of Cambridge (1981-1997); consultant for major companies including Rand Corporation, Hitachi and Xerox; visited Silicon Valley, California each summer (1977-1997); appointed Director of Cambridge Microsoft Research Laboratory (1997); served on lvey Committee; served on Defence Scientific Advisory Council, University Grants Committee; Trustee of Foundation for Information Policy Research; Labour Party District Councillor
CBE 2001
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election21/03/1985
Age at election50
Royal Society activityLectures:
Clifford Paterson 2002
RelationshipsMarried (1958) Karen Sparck-Jones
Obituaries in The Times (07 March 2003); Guardian (10 March 2003)
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2004 vol 50 pp 183-199, plate, by Sir Tony Hoare and Maurice V Wilkes
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA901
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1985/28Needham, Roger Michael: certificate of election to the Royal Society1981
IM/003243Needham, Roger Michael2002
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