PIN number inventor gets OBE - Embedded.com

PIN number inventor gets OBE

LONDON — A smattering of electronics industry personnel where recognized in The Queen's Birthday Honours list.

An OBE had been awarded to retired engineering laboratory manager, James Goodfellow, who as a development engineer with Smiths Industries Ltd, was given a project in 1965 to provide the security to ensure that only genuine customers could get cash from automated teller machines (ATMs).

In an article on ATMmachine.com he describes that after discounting several different approaches he designed a system which accepted a machine readable encrypted card, to which was added a numerical keypad into which an obscurely related personal identification number has to be manually entered by the customer.

An OBE has also gone to former technical director of QinetiQ Group plc, Professor Chris Peel. He started work Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in 1967, a forebear of what is today QinetiQ and his first task was to run a series of mechanical tests on the materials used in the Concorde. More recently he managed an accurate and reliable materials process to strengthen the wings of the Airbus A380.

Professor Peel received a Queen's Award for Technological Innovation in 1988 for his materials work and he is also a visiting professor at Southampton University's Department of Engineering. He has led investigations into aircraft failure and acted as expert forensic engineering witness for accident investigations including the Manchester Boeing 737, Sumburgh Chinook, Air India and Lockerbie Pan Am tragedies.

Dr Malcolm Parry, director of the University of Surrey Research Park has also received an OBE. The Surrey Research Park is a 70 acre development which provides facilities for over 110 companies engaged in a spectrum of research, development and design activities.

Alan Wignall, technical director of Ultra Electronics' Sonar and Communication Systems division was awarded an OBE for services to the defence industry.

Pat Hawker, a stalwart of the British amateur radio sector and an author of many books on radio communications, tv and electronics, has been made an MBE. He has been writing a 'Technical Topics' column in Radcom, the journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain since 1958.

Thomas Alexander Henderson a production computer aided design technician at Babcock Engineering Services, received a MBE for services to the Defence Industry.

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