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Sir John Chisholm

Sir John Chisholm
Founder & Trustee

John Chisholm started his employed life in 1964 as an apprentice in Vauxhall Motors taking day release at what was then Luton Tech. While there he took the Scholarship exam to Queen’s College Cambridge where he completed an Engineering Degree and stayed on to do research in the Control Engineering Dept. That is where he started his early work on mathematical modelling of complex systems and that introduced him to what would now be called the tech world. The contrast with the 1960s motor industry could not be more stark. He was amazed to discover that what an individual conceived in their head could be translated, using new technology, into something another individual would find really useful.

The translation of research and technology into practical utility became the theme of John’s life. His learning from that is that all members of the human race have a brain that is wired for innovation, and the most satisfactory life experience is to use that to make a positive difference in the world.