Ben Ralston

Ben Ralston has been Head of Computer Science at the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston since 2003. He left University with a D Phil in Computational Chemistry then wrote FORTRAN on projects across Europe for a scientific consultancy, Logica, before joining Cray in 1979 as one of their first two application tuners outside the USA. He helped Cray acquire their first non-government sites until joining IBM as they re-entered the supercomputer market where he was eventually responsible for UK Academia. He retired after 18 years with IBM to take up his current role.

He still runs regularly, at least socially as a hash house harrier, and supports his two daughters with their goal to scull for the British rowing team.