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John Taylor

John Taylor

Sir John Taylor OBE FREng FRS


Elected: 1998


John Taylor is a computer scientist and business leader whose pioneering research has helped to guide UK strategy in computational technologies. His early work was on multiprocessor computer architectures, computer security and secure data networks.

In 1982, he conducted an appraisal of what were then known as Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems for the UK’s Alvey Programme, culminating in a report that has helped to shape the direction of British computing over the past thirty years. Appointed Director of Hewlett Packard Laboratories Bristol in 1984, John developed major programs of research in key areas of information technology that underpin the systems we use today. He also led the UK ITEC Technology Foresight Programme.

From 1998–2003, he was Director General of Research Councils in the UK Office of Science and Technology, and then Chairman of Roke Manor Research and Chair of the Web Science Institute. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, John was awarded an OBE for services to the computing industry and in 2004 received a knighthood for services to scientific research.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Communications incl information theory
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