Lifetime AIS Member Receives OBE Award
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Posted by: Adeline Border
Lifetime member of AIS, Frank Land, was recently awarded an OBE, Orders of the British Empire, in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. This award is for services to the information systems industry. Frank Land played a large role in the creation of LEO, Lyons Electronic Office, and was also a leading member of the small team that developed the world’s first business computer. He then became UK’s first professor of information systems.
“I was delighted to receive the OBE especially as it recognizes Information Systems as a domain of interest,” said Frank Land. “The achievement that has been rewarded is the outcome of the support I have received from my peers, colleagues and my students, as well as my brilliant mentors at LEO Computers where I first started.”
Because of Frank’s many contributions to the information systems revolution, he has received many international awards such as: the International Federation for Information Processing outstanding service award, the AIS LEO Award for outstanding lifetime service to the understanding of information systems, and a lifetime fellowship of the British Computer Society. Frank’s hard work and dedication has inspired an entire generation of PhD students in information systems research.
While Frank retired in 1991, he continues to remain active in the community as an emeritus professor for the LSE providing support to young researchers beginning their own careers in computing. He also serves as a chair on a history sub-committee of the LEO Computers Society.