Interview with Dr Steve Furber CBE

Co-designer of the RISC chip which is now found in over a billion mobile devices worldwide.

Dr Steve Furber is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He received his BA degree in Mathematics in 1974 and his PhD in Aerodynamics in 1980 from the University of Cambridge, England.

During his PhD Steve heard about the formation of the Cambridge University Processor Group and would later work with Sophie Wilson, Dr Hermann Hauser and Chris Curry.

From 1981 to 1990 he worked in the hardware development group within the R&D department at Acorn Computers Ltd with Hauser and Curry, and was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor with Wilson, both of which earned Acorn Computers a Queen’s Award for Technology.

He moved to the University of Manchester in 1990 and established the Amulet research group which has interests in asynchronous logic design and power-efficient computing, and which merged with the Parallel Architectures and Languages group in 2000 to form the Advanced Processor Technologies group.

Interviewed by Richard Sharpe on the 15 June 2018 at BCS London Office.