Michael Richard Lynch
|Michael Richard Lynch|
|Born||16 June 1965|
University of Cambridge
UK Business Ambassador
|Alma mater||Christ's College, Cambridge|
|Thesis||Adaptive techniques in signal processing and connectionist models (1990)|
|Doctoral advisor||Peter Rayner|
|Known for||Autonomy Corporation|
|Notable awards||Order of the British Empire
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Michael Richard Lynch, OBE, FREng, DL (born 16 June 1965) is the co-founder of Autonomy Corporation. His entrepreneurship is associated with Silicon Fen. Autonomy is a leader in the area of computer understanding of unstructured information, an area which is becoming known as meaning-based computing. In October 2011, Autonomy was sold to Hewlett-Packard for $11bn.
In 1976, aged 11, he won a scholarship to Bancroft's School, Woodford. From there he went to Christ's College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. He combined mathematics, biological and physical sciences, taking the combination of advanced physics, mathematics and biochemistry in the IB Tripos. For part II, he chose electrical sciences where he first met Dr Peter Rayner, his mentor in the signal processing laboratory of the engineering department. After graduating he went on to do a PhD in signal processing and communications research at the University of Cambridge, and then undertook a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition.
In the late 1980s Lynch formed Lynett Systems Ltd, producing designs and audio products for the music recording industry including the first ever sampler for the Atari ST, the Lynex, which was followed by the ADAS sampler for Atari, Mac & PC. This led to the offshoot D2D Systems which produced a software-only hard disk recording system for the Atari Falcon.
In 1991 he set up Cambridge Neurodynamics, which specialized in computer-based finger print recognition.
In October 2011 Autonomy was sold to Hewlett-Packard for $11Bn,.
In May 2012, HP fired Mike Lynch.
In February 2013, Lynch raised $1 billion through his Invoke Capital fund to invest in up and coming British technology companies.
In December 2006, he was appointed as a non-executive director to the board of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). He is also on the investment committee and board of the British Library 
He is a trustee of NESTA the National endowment for science technology and the arts, and he is chairman of their investment committee. He is also a non-executive Director of Cambridge Enterprise, advising on technology transfer for Cambridge University  and a supporter of The Prince's Trust technology group. He is a member of the Council of the Foundation for Science and Technology and on the Enterprise Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.Philanthropic interests include being a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a member of the board of the Create the Change Campaign at the Crick Institute, for Cancer Research UK.
He is a non executive director of Blinkx plc and an advisor to the Prime Minister in the area of science policy.
Awards and media coverage
In September 2012 he was inducted into the Digital Hall of Fame, British Interactive Media Association.
In 2007, he was awarded Technology Entrepreneur of the year by the European Technology Forum at their 2007 conference.
In October 2008, Silicon.com readers voted him one of the top five most influential people in technology along with Tim Berners-Lee, Steve Jobs, Jimmy Wales and Eric Schmidt. In January 2009, Management Today chose him as entrepreneur of the year.
Lynch has twice been a finalist for Investor Relations award of the year. In 2009 he was voted one of the top 25 best CEOs pan sector in Europe by fund managers in the annual Extel survey. He is Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Suffolk. In October 2013 he accompanied the Chancellor, George Osborne, on a trade mission to China.
The Financial Times has described Lynch as "the doyen of European software". PC Advisor has called him "Britain's most successful technology entrepreneur". In a profile in the Sunday Times, it was suggested in passing that Lynch is the nearest thing Britain has to Bill Gates.
Alleged accounting improprieties
On 20 November 2012, Hewlett-Packard announced a writedown of assets following the Autonomy purchase due to "disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy", which occurred before the acquisition. The total writedown amounted to $8.8bn of the purchase cost of more than $10bn.  These irregularities have been contested.
- "‘LYNCH, Michael Richard’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press". (subscription required)
- "The Quest for Meaning". Wired. February 2000.
- Profile: Mike Lynch The Guardian, 19 August 2011
- Business big shot: Mike Lynch of Autonomy The Times, 8 July 2008
- OBA President's Report - 2009
- Lynch, Michael Richard (1990). Adaptive techniques in signal processing and connectionist models (DPhil thesis). University of Cambridge.
- BBC Press Office
- Security Group Seminar University of Cambridge
- The Kindness of Strangers VNU Net
- Autonomy to buy Zantaz for $375m, place shares Reuters, 3 July 2007
- HP fires Mike Lynch PCR, 25 May 2012
- Ben Martin (9 February 2013). "Mike Lynch raises $1bn for technology investment". Telegraph.
- British tech entrepreneur Lynch invests in cybersecurity firm backed by ex-MI5 boss
- After Autonomy
- British Library
- NESTA Board Members
- One of Britain's Leading Entrepreneurs Joins Cambridge Enterprise
- Foundation for Science and Technology
- Royal Academy of Engineering
- Botanic Gardens, Kew
- Meet the team Cancer Research UK
- Members appointed to Council for Science & Technology 10 Downing Street
- Digital Hall of Fame
- Institute of Engineering Recipients of the Achievement Awards
- "Mike Lynch - Autonomy" Time Europe
- Autonomy Wins Global Technology Award At World Economic Forum
- MBE for Soham murders detective BBC News, 31 December 2005
- Christ's College, Cambridge
- Innovation & Growth Forum
- European Business Leaders Awards website
- Royal Academy of Engineering
- www.silicon.com "Agenda Setters 2008"
- Barclays, Cookson and Detica Grand Prix Winners at IR Magazine Awards PR Newswire, 29 June 2009
- Extel Survey: European Investor Relations 2009
- Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Suffolk
- London will offer China more than Singapore can, says Boris Johnson
- Financial Times
- The Thoughts of Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch PC Advisor
- James Ashton "Autonomy is at the heart of a new data revolution" Sunday Times, 1 February 2009
- Profile: Mike Lynch, Autonomy founder The Telegraph, 16 October 2011
- Mike Lynch sells his Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard Real Business
- HP takes $8.8bn charge on Autonomy.
- "Mike Lynch, Autonomy’s Founder, Says He’s Baffled by H.P.’s Claims - NYTimes.com". Retrieved 2012-11-26.