Life Service Recognition Award

The NAG Life Service Recognition Award was established in 2011, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, to honour the outstanding achievements and service given by NAG employees and members. Founding Members are Dr Brian Ford, Dr Richard Field, Dr David Hartley and Professor Joan Walsh.

2013 Sven Hammarling

Sven began his career at NAG in September 1982 and has contributed to the company in many different roles during that time: Company Secretary, Divisional Manager, author of many routines, role model (especially in error reporting and analysis) and mentor to many. As well Sven's enormous and valuable internal work, he has been a major face of NAG to the technical Numerical Analysis community. His many lectures on error analysis convinced countless people that NAG had a serious academic mission. Above all, his work in the Level 2 and Level 3 BLAS, and the work of the BLAST Forum, has given him, and NAG, an enduring legacy throughout numerical computing. He was Principal Investigator for NAG on the LAPACK and ScaLAPACK projects, which have contributed to the world of Numerical Analysis as well as key routines for the NAG Library.

2012 Mr Jeremy Du Croz

Jeremy joined NAG in 1975, and worked on most areas of the NAG Library. He is known for his work on linear algebra in the form of fundamental contributions to the BLAS and LAPACK packages. He made considerable impact on the NAG Library in the areas of Fast Fourier Transforms, data fitting and random number generation. Jeremy was a very much respected manager of the Numerical Libraries Division and is remembered for his wisdom and attention to detail. It is a mark of his influence that, for years after ill-health forced him to retire, people asked, and continue to ask, in all kinds of situations, "What would Jeremy have done?"

2011 Dr Steve Hague

Steve was NAG's first full-time employee, joining NAG in 1971. Over the years Steve held a number of technical, administrative and managerial roles, as NAG developed into a world leader in its field. These roles included responsibility for a variety of company activities, including many internal projects and various external collaborative activities, e.g. leading international software projects in the USA and Europe. His main technical interests and contributions were in the area of numerical software engineering, portability in particular, and this work was recognized in the award of a D.Phil. by Oxford University in 1982. Steve formally retired from the position of Chief Operating Officer of NAG Ltd in June 2007.