Robert Spence




Born 11 July 1933 in Hull, England


Appointments (in reverse sequence)


2007-               Honorary Professor, University of Waikato, New Zealand

2003-               Visiting Professor, Business School, University of Manchester

2002                Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

2000-               Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Investigator, Imperial College


1997-1999       Head, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Imperial

                        College London

1984-2000       Professor of Information Engineering, Department of Electrical &

                        Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

1985-1990       Founder Director and Chairman, Interactive Solutions Ltd, London

1968-1984       Reader, Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College

1986                Visiting Professor, Nanjing Institute of Technology, China

1969                Visiting Professor, University of Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

1962-1968       Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College

1961-1962       Lecturer (part-time) University of Rochester, New York, USA

1958-1959       Research Assistant, Imperial College London

1950-1951       Youth-in-Training, Hull Corporation Telephones, Hull, England


Qualifications, degrees


1954    BSc (Engineering)                   University of London (External)

1955    DIC                                         Diploma of Imperial College

1959    PhD (Engineering)                  University of London

1983    DSc (Engineering)                  University of London (Higher Doctorate)

1997    DrRCA                                   Royal College of Art (Higher Doctorate)


Honours, distinctions


1976    FIEEE                         (Fellowship of the IEEE)

1989    FCGI               (Fellowship of the City & Guilds of London Institute)

1990    FREng             (Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, equivalent to

                                    membership of the US National Academy of Engineering)

1995    Officier dans l’Ordre du Palme Academique (Conferred by the President of


1999    Golden Jubilee Award, IEEE Circuits & Systems Society





1975-1982       Editor, IEE Proceedings Part G (Electronic Circuits & Systems): new

                        journal in 1975

1973-1975       Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems

1980-1983       Founding Editor, books on the CAD of Electronic Circuits, Elsevier

2001-               Associate Editor, Information Visualization (new journal in 2002)