Bryan Higgs

Bryan at Machu Picchu.

Bryan was born in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, England, in 1944. From age 10 to 19, he attended Loughborough Grammar School, in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and then, in 1963, entered Liverpool University, studying Physics. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics in 1967. He moved to Yale University for his graduate studies, obtaining his Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics in 1973, after which he returned to England.

He joined Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1974, in Reading, England, and then moved back to the US to work for DEC in 1976. He moved to Milford, NH in 1978.

After working as an Educational Course Developer, then in Corporate Software Support, he moved into Software Engineering, where he worked on ACMS, a transaction processing system, and then on RDB, a relational database system.

Eventually, RDB was purchased by Oracle Corporation, and in 1994 Bryan began working for Oracle, after almost exactly 20 years at DEC. In 2002, he left Oracle and joined Rivier College (now Rivier University) in Nashua, New Hampshire, as a full-time faculty member in Computer Science (he had spent the previous 15 years or so teaching at Rivier as an adjunct faculty member, teaching Computer Science at the graduate level). In 2008, he retired.

Bryan joined the SVC in January, 2011. He was happy to be just an ordinary tenor member for a while, but then he noticed that the SVC website needed something, and suggested to Dan Wolaver, the SVC President at the time, that he might be able to help. As a result, Bryan came up with a WordPress website, and eventually was invited to join the board, in the role of webmaster, a role he holds today.

Two truths and a lie about Bryan:

  1. He has visited five of the seven continents.
  2. He loves the water.
  3. He took ballroom dancing lessons as a teenager.