Kevin Warwick

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Kevin Warwick : biography

9 February 1954 –

Kevin Warwick (born 9 February 1954 Coventry, UK) is a British scientist and professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He is known for his studies on direct interfaces between computer systems and the human nervous system, and has also done research in the field of robotics.


Kevin Warwick was born in 1954 in Coventry in the United Kingdom. He attended Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby, Warwickshire. He left school in 1970 to join British Telecom, at the age of 16. In 1976 he took his first degree at Aston University, followed by a Ph.D and a research post at Imperial College London.

He subsequently held positions at Oxford, Newcastle and Warwick universities before being offered the Chair in Cybernetics at the University of Reading in 1987.

Warwick is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute. He is Visiting Professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Strathclyde and in 2004 was Senior Beckman Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He is also Director of the University of Reading Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Centre, which links the University with Companies and is on the Advisory Boards of the Instinctive Computing Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University and the Centre for Intermedia, University of Exeter.. Retrieved on 2011-04-23.

By the age of 40 he had been awarded higher doctorates (D.Sc.) by both Imperial College and by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague for his research output in completely separate areas. He was presented with the ‘Future of Health Technology Award’ in Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was made an Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg. He has received the IET Achievement Medal, the IET Mountbatten Medal and in 2011 the Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine.


Warwick has written several books, articles and papers. A selection of his books:

Lectures (inaugural and keynote lectures):

  • 1998, Robert Boyle Lecture at Oxford University,
  • 2000, Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. These lectures were repeated in 2001 in a tour of Japan, China and Korea.
  • 2001, Higginson Lecture at Durham University, Hamilton institute inaugural lecture.
  • 2003, Royal Academy of Engineering/Royal Society of Edinburgh Joint lecture in Edinburgh,
  • 2003, IEEE (UK) Annual Lecture in London; Pittsburgh International Science and Technology Festival.
  • 2004, Woolmer Lecture of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine at University of York; Robert Hooke Lecture (Westminster)
  • 2005, Einstein Lecture in Potsdam, Germany
  • 2006, Bernard Price Memorial Lecture tour in South Africa; Institution of Mechanical Engineers Prestige Lecture in London.
  • 2007, Techfest plenary lecture in Mumbai; Kshitij keynote in Kharagpur (India); Engineer Techfest plenary lecture in NITK Surathkal (India); Annual Science Faculty lecture at University of Leicester; Graduate School in Physical Sciences and Engineering Annual Lecture, Cardiff University.
  • 2008, Leslie Oliver Oration at Queen’s Hospital; Techkriti keynote in Kanpur.
  • 2008, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, guest lecture "Four weddings and a Funeral" for the Microsoft Research Chair.
  • 2009, Cardiff University, 125th Anniversary Lecture; Orwell Society, Eton College.
  • 2010, Robert Gordon University launch of Research Institute for Innovation Design and Sustainability (IDEAS). (13 May 2010). Retrieved on 2011-04-23.
  • 2011, Ellison-Cliffe Lecture, Royal Society of Medicine; Inaugural research conference keynote, Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 2012, IET Pinkerton Lecture, Bangalore.; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers UKRI 50 years Anniversary Lecture, Edinburgh.