DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s honours Southampton luminaries in Engineering and Technology
The prestigious 2017 DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s 500 of the most influential and inspiring people living and working in Britain today features a number of luminaries from the University of SouthamptonÃ¢â¬â¢s Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, which includes Electronics & Computer Science and the Optoelectronics Research Centre.
Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Professor Sir David Payne are joined by Visiting Professor Liam Maxwell on DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s list of leaders in Engineering and Technology alongside Andrew Wolstenholme, OBE, who is Chief Executive of Crossrail and a Southampton graduate.
Compiled in consultation with independent expert practitioners and commentators in each of the categories, The DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s 500 was launched in 2014 to identify and celebrate the most influential people in British society. All the people in the DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s 500 are scrutinised for their level of influence in shaping the lives, choices and ideas of others. Dame Wendy has featured in every DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s 500 list since its launch; 2017 marks the third year running for Sir David and Maxwell on the list.
Described as Ã¢â¬Ëa leading light in the development of web servicesÃ¢â¬â¢, Dame Wendy is recognised by DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s for her pioneering role as one of the first computer scientists to embark on serious research into multi- and hyper-media technologies before the existence of the World Wide Web. A Professor of Computer Science within Electronics & Computer Science, Dame Wendy also draws praise as a founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative (now the Web Science Trust) with web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee, an Honorary Professor at the University of Southampton.
Sir David, Director of the UniversityÃ¢â¬â¢s Optoelectronics Research Centre and Zepler Institute, features in DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s for the far-reaching impact of his invention, the erbium-doped fibre amplifier Ã¢â¬â Ã¢â¬Åwidely regarded as one of the most important developments in modern communicationsÃ¢â¬Â which Ã¢â¬Åfacilitated the internetÃ¢â¬â¢s rapid growth through fast transmission and amplification of large amounts of data.Ã¢â¬Â
A Visiting Professor within Electronics and Computer Science, Liam Maxwell became the UKÃ¢â¬â¢s first national technology adviser in 2016 after serving as the governmentÃ¢â¬â¢s Chief Technology Officer. He is credited with the digital transformation of the UK government.
Baroness Martha Lane-Fox of Soho, Chair of the digital skills charity Go ON UK and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Southampton, features on DebrettÃ¢â¬â¢s list of the UKÃ¢â¬â¢s Digital & Social leaders. Baroness Lane-Fox, co-founder of the successful website lastminute.com, has worked for many years to help make the UK the most digitally-skilled nation in the world.