Bill Trowbridge was born in Hampshire in 1930. He was educated at Brockenhurst Grammar School and HMS Conway. After nearly ten years as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy he embarked on a career in science. He studied part time at the "The Polytechnic" *, Regent Street in London for a honours degree in Physics and he was awarded the Robert Mitchell medal for Science in 1962.
Bill is a graduate of London University and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and has been awarded a DSc (Eng) from the University of London. He is also foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From 1957 to 1961 he was at AERE Harwell, General Physics Division where he worked on accelerator physics problems. In 1961 he joined Rutherford Laboratory and in 1971 Group Leader of the Computing Applications Group, Applied Physics Division. This position involved areas of research of both numerical algorithms and interactive graphics of CAD software. When the COMPUMAG series of conferences was initiated in 1976 he was the first Chairman.
He was a co-founder and chairman of Vector Fields Ltd in 1984 and the first President of Vector Fields Inc. in 1988. In 1992 the company received the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement. He has also . been a visiting professor in the departments of electrical engineering at Imperial College and at Kings College, London.
In 1992 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and in 1996 he was awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the Technical University of Graz, Austria.
* Now Westminster University
-- Revised: 7 December, 2005
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