Graham Morris

BCS President 1972/73
Presidential theme: The need for planned and progressive training in IT

I am a founder member of the BCS (number 65) and the older of two brothers who became President.

I joined the British Tabulating Machine Company in 1951 and stayed with  that Company and its successors until my retirement in 1991. Initially I was involved in punched cardery but soon became engaged with computers (HEC2M or 1201) and with customers, such as the NPL, who were working in the field.

In those early days we were all hungry for information about the rapidly developing technology. I remember particularly lectures at Northampton Polytechnic (now City University) and the colloquia at Cambridge University Maths Lab. The BCS through our branches and specialist groups helped to spread the word and our Education Board, of which I became chair, worked hard to establish appropriate qualifications at HNC and HND levels in Polytechnics.

Not surprisingly the main theme of my year as President was the need for planned and progressive training in IT. Later I was heavily involved in the establishment of the IT Industry Training Organisation and contributed to the to the formation of the Computer Conservation Society.

Outside the BCS I presented two series of programmes on BBC2 about computers and their application. This led to an invitation to dinner from Arthur C. Clarke discuss ideas for a film about computers and space travel and what could go wrong!

In 1977 I became the BCS representative on IFIP where I became a vice-president On my retirement as BCS representative I was invited to become an Individual Member and served as IFIP Secretary for six years.