Nicholas Beale

Adapted from Debrett’s People of Today.

BEALE, Nicholas Clive Lansdowne; son of Prof Evelyn Martin Lansdowne Beale, FRS (d 1985), and Violette Elizabeth Anne; Educ Winchester (scholar), Trinity College Cambridge (scholar, MA); m 1977, Christine Anne: 1 son, 2 daughters.

Career: social philosopher and Management Consultant; Managing Director of Beale Electronic Systems 1977-85; Vice-Chairman Beale International Technology 1985-88; Consultant McKinsey & Co 1988-89; Chairman: Beale Holdings 1988-95, Sciteb 1989-; Director: First Film Foundation 1991-95, Sector Dialogue Process 1992-; author of:

Oblate Alton Abbey 1994-; Freeman City of London 1996, Liveryman Worshipful Co of Information Technologists 1997 (Deputy Chairman Ethical & Spiritual Development Panel); FRSA 1991-; FIMA 2012-.


Recreations: piano, music, running marathons, sailing.

Clubs: Royal Institution, IoD, Royal Institute of Philosophy, City Livery, Society of Authors.

Other publications not listed in the Debrett’s entry include:

  • "Evolution and the Complexity Principle" (with Brian Josephson) in Prospect, August 2012
  • "Can Discoverability Help Us Understand Cosmology?" (Journal of Cosmology, 2009, Vol 3, pages 529-539)
  • Debate: God and Science (with Colin Howson) in Prospect May 1998
  • "UK Views on Ethical and Spiritual Implications of IT" (with Penny Duquenoy and Harold Thimbleby), Fourth International Conference on Ethical Issues in Information Technology, Ethicomp'98, pp734-742, 1998
  • Wealth Generation in the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Sectors (ed., in co-operation with the DTI, 1994)
  • "The MAP/TOP initiative", in Ray Reardon (ed.): Networks for the 1990s. (Wiley 1988.) ISBN 0-86353-131-8
  • ANSI/IEEE Std 802.5-1985 (co-author as voting member of working group) ISBN 0471-82996X
  • "An ADA compatible specification language" (with Simon Peyton-Jones.) Proceedings of the ACM'81 conference. doi:10.1145/800175.809857. ISBN 0-89791-049-4
  • Data Transmission System and Method US Patent number: 4709365
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