Sims was born 13 December 1926 in London. He studied at Imperial College, London, gaining a BSc in physics in 1947 and in mathematics in 1948; an MSc in mathematics in 1950 and a PhD in physics in 1954. He worked for General Electric Company from 1948 to 1954 then the Atomic Energy Authority until 1956 when he joined the academic staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering of Southampton University, becoming a professor and head of the Department of Electronics at the same university, a position he held from 1963 to 1974.
- IEEE Transactions on Education, March 1968 page 83
- The University of Southampton: An Illustrated History, published 2002 History of ECS
- Supplement to the London Gazette, 1st January 1971, page 11
- Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship List
- Sheffield Honorary Graduates
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