Maurice "Moss" Perks has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Aston University in recognition of being a world authority on IT systems.
Posted on Sun 15 May 2011
Maurice graduated in physics from Aston University in the late 1960s, then joining IBM as a systems engineer to work with many large industrial enterprises across the Midlands and in the USA.
For more than 40 years he has been involved with complex design challenges of hardware, software and in particular IT systems for large enterprises. He has achieved world authority status on the development of such systems across several industry sectors and his design signature can be found in many commercial systems in use today.
His skills and expertise were recognised by IBM in 2002 when he became an IBM Fellow. Since 1963, only just over 200 IBM Fellows have been appointed from IBM's 200,000 technical workforce. Today there are around 75 IBM Fellows working globally.
Maurice is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of IT Integration at the University of York. He is now semi-retired and shares his time between his homes in Hampshire and the South of France.