Martyn Ware, founder member of both The Human League and Heaven 17, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Queen Mary, University of London in the College’s 2012 summer graduation ceremonies.
Honorary Degrees are awarded by the University of London to those whom the University wishes to honour for achievements in their field.
Record producer and musician Ware was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science on Wednesday 18 July by Professor Mark Sandler, Head of Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.
Ware worked in computing for three years after leaving school, before forming the electro-pop band The Human League in 1978. In 1980 he formed the production company and record label British Electric Foundation and, in the same year, founded the band Heaven 17, playing keyboards alongside Ian Craig Marsh (also keyboards) and Glenn Gregory (vocals).
He is a Visiting Professor at QM’s Centre for Digital Music, lecturing extensively on music production, technology, creativity and artists’ rights. Among other achievements, he has produced and presented more than 20 ‘Future of Sound’ concerts.
He is the co-founder of Illustrious Co. Ltd, a hub for collaborative artistic and digital projects that exploits the creative and commercial possibilities of unique sound technology.