Mycroft read Mathematics at Cambridge then moved to Edinburgh where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a thesis on the Abstract interpretation and optimising transformations for applicative programs supervised by Rod Burstall and Robin Milner.
Mycroft has four children: Christopher, Richard, Sarah and William. His daughter is a medical doctor, and his three sons have followed him into mathematics; Richard as a Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham and William as a recently started PhD student at the University of Sheffield.
^Mycroft, Alan; Norman, Arthur C. (1992). "Part I: classical imperative languages". Optimising compilation. Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory. CiteSeerX10.1.1.43.9953. OCLC29982690. […] the 'Norcroft' compiler suite jointly constructed by the authors […] Commercial interests are referred to Codemist Ltd. […]
^Bush, Steve (2011-05-26). "In depth: Raspberry Pi, the computer on a stick". Electronics Weekly. Retrieved 2011-07-11. The Raspberry Pi developers and trustees of its Foundation are: David Braben – Founder of games software firm Frontier Developments and co-author of 'Elite'. Jack Lang – Business angel, early Acorn employee, founder of Cambridge start-ups. Pete Lomas – Founder and MD of Norcott Technologies. Robert Mullins – University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and St. John's College, Cambridge. Alan Mycroft – Professor of Computing in University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory Eben Upton – Engineer at Broadcom Europe, founder of software start-ups, and former director of computer science at St. John's College, Cambridge.