2022
Stephen (Steve) B. Furber
Professor Stephen (Steve) B. Furber
Draper Prize
ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester
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Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
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Biography

Steve Furber, CBE FRS FREng, is ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He spent the 1980s at Acorn Computers, where he was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. Around 200 billion variants of the ARM processor have since been manufactured, powering much of the world’s mobile and embedded computing. In 1990 he moved to the ICL Chair at Manchester, where he leads research into asynchronous and low-power systems and, more recently, neural systems engineering. In the latter area, the SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) project has delivered a computer incorporating a million ARM processors optimized for brain modeling applications. Dr. Furber earned a BA in mathematics and a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Cambridge.

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Awards
  • Draper
  • 2022
  • For contributions to the invention, development, and implementation of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) chips.