The Awards put Professor Furber in the company of some of the most important names in the history of the industry, including Bill Gates, Sir Tim Berners Lee and Vint Cerf, notes the university.
The university summarises his many achievements:
Professor Furber is responsible for some of the most innovative work in the field of computing. His career began in 1981 when he worked for Acorn Computers where he was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer which was adopted by schools nationwide and became the first computing experience for many school children. He was also responsible for the microarchitecture design of the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor; both inventions earned Acorn the Queen’s Award for Technology.
In 1990 he became ICL Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Manchester, in the School of Computer Science. Currently, he leads the Advanced Processor Technologies research group with interests in many-core computer architecture, neural systems engineering and asynchronous and power-efficient System-on-Chip design.
Professor Furber has also served, notes the university, as a member and chair of the UKCRC executive, and as Vice-President Learned Society and Knowledge Services and a Trustee of the BCS.
He is also an esteemed judge of the Elektra Awards.
“It is a great honour to receive these awards,” said Professor Furber. “I have been very fortunate to work with many outstanding colleagues both at Acorn and at Manchester, and to find myself in the right place at the right time to work on projects that turned out to have an impact. The first half-century of computing has been extraordinarily exciting, but watch out, because the next half-century promises even bigger changes and more rapid development!”
“These awards recognise Steve’s outstanding contribution to the IT profession and industry,” said the Institute’s Group Chief Executive Officer, David Clarke. “He is responsible for some of the most innovative work in the field of computing.”
The BCS Lovelace Medal was established in 1998 in honour of Lady Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace and daughter of Lord Byron. The Medal is presented annually to individuals who, in the opinion of BCS, have made a significant contribution to the advancement of Information Systems.
As part of the award, Steve Furber will be invited to give the BCS Lovelace lecture in 2015.