17 July 2012
Bob Spence completed his postgraduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1954 and, apart from a three-year hiatus when he worked in the United States, he has been at the College ever since.
His work spans a number of fields including engineering design, human-computer interaction and information visualisation. He says one of his biggest achievements was the invention of the bifocal display, also known as the fisheye lens, which enables computers to simultaneously visually represent a large body of data in its entirety, and a portion in full detail.
He says: “I really enjoy my teaching work and particularly like it when students have lots of questions, so it’s a two-way interaction.” Talking about his interest in the upcoming Olympic Games, Bob says: “I’m not too fussed on sports. My biggest sporting achievement is that I once came second in a slow bicycle race but unfortunately, it’s not an Olympic sport yet!”