Dr David Hartley - Career Summary


Fellow, Clare College Cambridge

Honorary Member, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge

Museum Director, The National Museum of Computing


Academic and Professional Qualifications


BA in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1959

Diploma in Numerical Analysis and Automatic Computing, University of Cambridge, 1959

PhD in Computer Science, University of Cambridge, 1963

FBCS - Fellow, British Computer Society, 1968

CEng - Chartered Engineer, 1990

CITP - Chartered Information Technology Professional, 2002




Dr David Hartley is a chartered engineer in the computing/information technology field, who has combined many years as a senior manager in the university environment with a wide range of consulting and advisory positions for government, education, research and industry. He has been involved with many pioneering and innovative ventures ranging from the development of advanced high-level computer languages to the introduction of broadband networking. He has over 32 years chief executive experience in three different types of organisation, namely a university computing service, a government funded and controlled not-for-profit company, and a scientific research company holding charitable status. Appointments details are in the following section.


He has been an adviser to many bodies including industrial organisations, professional institutions, educational institutions, and government departments including the Prime Minister. In the area of networking and the Internet, he played a leading policy role in the establishment of the Joint Network Team and JANET, as well as advising government on IT matters and the liberalisation of telecommunications.


Dr Hartley maintains strong ties with the University of Cambridge where he graduated and has spent most of his career; he continues to be a Fellow of Clare College and an Honorary Member of the Computer Laboratory. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and has served on Council, twice held office of Vice-President He was the SocietyŐs Deputy President in 1998-99 and President in 1999-2000. He has recently become involved in the history of computing serving for four years as Chairman of the Computer Conservation Society, a special-interest group of the BCS.


Career Summary


1962-70         Mathematical Laboratory, University of Cambridge involving teaching and research in programming languages and operating systems; positions held:


Research Assistant (1962-64)

Senior Assistant in Research (1964-65)

Assistant Director of Research (1966-67)

University Lecturer (1967-70)


1970–94        Director of the University Computing Service, University of Cambridge responsible for the provision of IT facilities and services to the University and
Colleges in support of academic research and teaching and with an establishment of about 100 staff.


1994-97         Chief Executive, United Kingdom Education and Research Networking Association (UKERNA). Established by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales, the objectives of UKERNA were to take responsibility for the UK academic community's networking programme, and to further opportunities with other communities, including industry.


1997-2002    Executive Director, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC). Established as a not-for-profit company in 1989, the CCDC builds and maintains the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), the largest searchable database of experimentally determined crystal structures, distributed to over 700 academic and commercial users worldwide.


2002- 2005   Steward, Clare College, Cambridge responsible for all domestic functions in the college.


2012-             Museum Director, The National Museum of Computing


Specific Achievements


Developed first programming language and compiler for the EDSAC 2 computer in Cambridge, 1961

Joint author of CPL, a programming language which influenced the later development of C, 1962-67

Major contributor to the Cambridge Multiple Access System, the first time-sharing system developed outside the USA, which influenced the later development of UNIX, 1962-67

Junior Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, 1964-67

Pioneering development work in video-tape recorded lectures, 1968-69

Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge, 1969-86

Director of the University Computing Service, University of Cambridge, 1970-94

Council Member, British Computer Society, 1970–73, 77–80 and 85–90

Chairman, Inter-University Committee on Computing, 1972-74

Executive Board member, SHARE European Association, 1977-79

Member, Computer Board for Universities and Research Councils (special responsibilities for network development including establishment of the JNT and JANET), 1979-83

Member, Council of Management of the Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd, 1979-2006; Chairman, 1986-97

Member, Prime MinisterŐs Information Technology Advisory Panel, 1981–86

Director, Lynxvale Limited, 1982-94

Ministerial advisor in Information Technology, Department of Industry, 1983

Director, CADCentre Limited, 1983-94

Director & Secretary, Cambridge Control Limited, 1984-90

Medal of Merits, Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, 1984

Member, BBC Science Consultative Group, 1984–87

Chairman, Medical Research Council Computer Procurement Panel, 1984-90

Member, Editorial Board of the New Oxford English Dictionary, 1984

Vice-President (Technical), British Computer Society, 1985-87

Member, General Committee of the National Electronics Council, 1985–90

Vice-President (External Relations), British Computer Society, 1987-90

Conceived and created the Granta Backbone Network, a private ducting and cable network interlinking the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, 1987-92

Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge, 1987-

Initiated the foundation of the Council for European Informatics Societies (CEPIS) 1989

Chairman, Computer Board for Universities and Research CouncilsŐ Networking Association Steering Group advising on the future of the Joint Network Team, 1989-92

Chairman of the Apple European Education Advisory Board, 1990-92

Consultant on IT to Director General of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, 1992-94

Chief Executive, UKERNA, 1994-97

Chairman, TEN-34 Steering Group which created a pan-European research network, 1995-97

Executive Director, CCDC, 1997-2002

Deputy President, British Computer Society 1998-99

President, British Computer Society 1999-2000

Steward, Clare College, Cambridge, 2002-05

Chairman, Computer Conservation Society, 2007-11

Consultant and advisor to over 30 higher education and research institutions on the organisation of information technology services and the appointment of key personnel.



                   Address:            22 Applecourt                      Email:                 david.hartley@clare.cam.ac.uk

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