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Frank Land was a leading member of the small team that developed the world’s first business computer, LEO, who then went on to become the UK’s first professor of information systems. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2019 for services to the information systems industry.
Land, born Landsberger in Berlin, came to England as a young boy fleeing Nazi Germany with his parents and twin brother Ralph. Frank led LEO Computers' sales and systems consultancy team. He did the job for 15 years before entering academic research and education when he joined the LSE in 1967 to establish the UK’s first university programme in information systems.
Among his many international awards, he has received the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) outstanding service award. He is also a fellow of the Association for Information Systems, receiving their LEO Award for outstanding life-time service to the understanding of information systems. He has also been awarded a life-time fellowship of the British Computer Society. In June 2019 Frank land was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
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