Biographical outline

John Hutchins

After graduating from Nottingham University in 1960, my career was in university librarianship (Durham, Sheffield, and East Anglia); retired in 1999. Author of books and articles on linguistics and information retrieval, and since 1978, particularly on machine translation. Principal works: Machine translation: past, present, future (Chichester: Ellis Horwood, 1986); Introduction to machine translation [with Harold Somers] (London: Academic Press, 1992); editor of MT News International (1991-1997), compiler of Compendium of translation software (2000-2010), compiler of Machine Translation Archive (since 2004); editor of Early years in machine translation: memoirs and biographies of pioneers (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2000). Active in the European Association for Machine Translation (president 1995-2004) and in the International Association for Machine Translation (president: 1999-2001). Recipient of the IAMT Award of Honour in 2001, and of the IAMT Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

































Full name: William John Hutchins


Born 27 January 1939, St. Pancras, London


Father: William Arthur Hutchins (1907-1972)


Mother: Frances Helen Read (1913-2001)


Married 23 April 1996: Hilary Turnell (at St Johns Church, Chester)


Children: son (Michael George), b.1970 (in Sheffield)

Qualifications, awards:

B.A. (German and French), University of Nottingham, 1960

Diploma in Librarianship, University College London, 1962

Ph.D. University of East Anglia, 2000

IAMT Award of Honour, 2001

IAMT Lifetime Achievement Award “for his founding role in EAMT and IAMT, and for his lifelong contributions to the field of machine translation as archivist and historian, which will benefit the community in perpetuity”

Professional career

1962-1965: Assistant Librarian, Durham University

1965-1971: Assistant Librarian, University of Sheffield

[1968-1970: seconded to Postgraduate School of Librarianship, University of Sheffield]

1971-1980: Senior Assistant Librarian, University of East Anglia

[1980: Visiting Professor, School of Librarianship, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada]

1980-1998: Sub-Librarian, University of East Anglia


1992-1997: editor, MT News International

1995-2004 : President, European Association for Machine Translation

1999-2001: President, International Association for Machine Translation