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UCL computer scientist honoured by Cambridge

27 October 2009


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Christopher Clack (UCL Computer Science) has been awarded a prestigious Doctor of Science (ScD) degree from the University of Cambridge.

The university's highest degree is only conferred on scientists with a proven record of internationally recognised scholarship, including substantial and sustained contributions to scientific knowledge.

Dr Clack, who received his award at a ceremony in Cambridge on 24 October, said: "I am clearly delighted - this is a great honour, and I am grateful to the University of Cambridge and the Computer Laboratory.

"Although my entire research career has been at UCL, I still hold the University of Cambridge, and especially Queens' College, my alma mater, in high regard and with affection.

"I am proud to be joining a distinguished small club of holders of the ScD degree, including those who have been an inspiration to my work such as former President and current Fellow of Queens' College the Revd. Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS."

In the 1980s Dr Clack, whose research career spans 25 years at UCL, was involved in the building of the world's first parallel graph reduction computer system made from stock hardware.

More recently, Dr Clack has secured funding from industry, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, and the Technology Strategy Board to launch a national Knowledge Transfer Network for financial services.

He was also involved in securing Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for the new UCL Doctoral Training Centre in Financial Computing.

Image: Christopher Clack

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