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Psion founder honoured by University of York

Posted on 24 June 2002

Dr David Potter, inventor of the Psion personal organiser, is to receive an honorary degree from the University of York next month. (Thursday 11th July).

Dr Potter was a lecturer in Physics at Imperial College, University of London, when he saw the potential of the microchip in the early Eighties and left a secure post to found Psion. Its early output of software and computer games was followed by the electronic handheld organiser in 1984, bringing the power of computing to the mass market in a mobile form and representing a major UK player in a market then dominated by US and Japanese firms.

He has extensive links with the world of education, serving on the Dearing Inquiry into higher education, and is a member of the board of the influential Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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