Dr David Hartley

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Computer Science
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Emeritus Fellow
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Dr David Hartley is a chartered engineer in computing and information technology, who has combined many years as a senior manager in the
university environment with a wide range of consulting and advisory positions for government, education, research and industry. He worked in the Computer Laboratory on the early pioneering computers making contributions in programming languages, operating systems and other services. He was Director of the University Computing Service from 1970 to 1994, and was responsible for the University’s broadband facility linking all Colleges and Departments throughout Cambridge.

From 1994 to 1997 he was Chief Executive of the company developing the JANET national network, and from 1997 to 2002 was Executive
Director of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. He was then Steward of Clare College for three years, and worked with Toby
Wilkinson to reform alumni relations into the force that it is today. He was President of the British Computer Society in millennium year

Among external roles, he has advised many bodies including government departments. In the 1980’s he was a member of the Computer Board for Universities and Research Councils, and the Prime Minister’s Information Technology Advisory Panel, also spending a sabbatical year at the Department of Industry.

MA, Mathematics, 1959
Diploma in Numerical Analysis and Automatic Computing, 1959
PhD, Computer Science, 1963
Medal of Merits, Nicholas Copernicus University, Poland, 1984