Richard Maddison Missing – Richard received a bursary to attend Queens’ University and proceeded immediately to the second year of the mathematics undergraduate program after moving up from Oundle. During the third year of his doctoral program, he completed a postgraduate diploma in the relatively new field of numerical analysis and automatic computing. After that, he pursued a doctoral degree at Oxford, where he focused his study on nuclear reaction calculations, more specifically the Optical Model of Neutron Scattering and its applications.
Following graduation from Oxford, he obtained a position as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Sheffield University. It was there that he became acquainted with his future wife through the Scout and Guide Graduate Association. The couple wed in 1964. After getting a job as an OR expert with British Railways, he was instructed to investigate any areas of computer and research that could be useful to the railroads in the long run, regardless of their applicability. He was responsible for a significant amount of effort that went into the development and execution of the TOPS computerized freight information system. It made it possible to make significant savings by cutting back on the number of wagons. S
ince TOPS is the foundation of the system that is still in use today, he has been the subject of several interviews over the past year on his work on TOPS. His most recent position was at the Open University, where he developed and instructed computer-related classes. He was instrumental in the establishment of the University Business School and led the school’s inaugural course on Information Systems for Managers. The materials for this course were studied by almost 20,000 individuals during the length of the school’s existence.
He was interested in a wide variety of things throughout his life. Throughout their whole careers, both he and his wife were actively active in Scouting and helped organize a large number of camps and (challenging) trips. In addition to that, he was one of the very first persons to devise a method for solving the Rubik’s Cube. He sailed in the Norfolk Broads on a yearly basis (from the boatyard Eastwood Whelpton), and he became highly interested in the construction of a gigantic new boat called High Seas during that time.
He signed a contract for the High Seas as soon as it was completed, and he later gave recommendations for how the Seven Seas should be improved. When the boat Seven Seas became available, he decided to charter it the next summer. The final and, in his opinion, greatest boat was given the name South Seas, and it was created as a result of further ideas for modifications.