Andy Stanford-Clark

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Andy Stanford-Clark

Andy Stanford-Clark with a model triceratops
Andrew James Stanford-Clark
EducationStockport Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of East Anglia (BSc, PhD)
Known forMQTT[1]
AwardsIBM Master Inventor
Scientific career
Newcastle University
ThesisParallel paradigms and their implementation (1991)

Andrew James Stanford-Clark FBCS CITP is a British information technology research engineer, specialising in telemetry and publish/subscribe messaging. In July 2017 he was appointed IBM CTO for UK and Ireland [2] Previously, he led a research team at IBM. He is a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IBM Master Inventor and visiting professor at Newcastle University. He also serves on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) peer review college and regularly delivers public talks.[3][4]


Stanford-Clark was educated at Stockport Grammar School, Cheshire, and the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and completed his PhD in parallel computing at UEA in 1991.[5]


Stanford-Clark joined IBM in 1991 in the Communications Software group. Stanford-Clark performed a number of roles within IBM, focusing primarily on parallel processing and pervasive messaging.[1] When he started his job, his manager offered him the career advice that “there’s only one person who REALLY cares about your career, and that's you”.[6]

In 2010 he became Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Smart Energy Technologies, as part of IBM's smarter planet strategy, based on his background in pervasive messaging.

Stanford-Clark has been granted 11 patents and, as of 2014 has 45 pending, as well as 30 additional invention disclosures published in IBM Technology Journal and Stanford-Clark has also taken an active role in mentoring others and played a part in accelerating innovation, highlighted by his involvement in an IBM student scheme called Extreme Blue.[7] Stanford-Clark leads the pervasive and advanced messaging technologies research group. The group works to further IBM's Smarter Planet initiative and is based at Hursley House near Winchester, Hampshire.[8][9]


In 1999, Stanford-Clark collaborated with Arlen Nipper to author the first version of the MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol.[1][10][11] MQTT is a specialised protocol enabling telemetry or lightweight sensor and mobile systems to provide information to computer programs via a publish/subscribe mechanism. Stanford-Clark gained media attention for this in the late 2000s by connecting his home automation system via MQTT to Twitter.[12][13]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2002 Stanford-Clark became a member of IBM Academy of Technology and was recognised as an IBM Master Inventor. He became an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2007.[citation needed] In 2006, Stanford-Clark became a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP). He was appointed an IBM Master Inventor[when?] and has given TEDx talks.[14] In 2015 he appeared in University Challenge on BBC2.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Hunkeler, Urs; Truong, Hong Linh; Stanford-Clark, Andy (2008). "MQTT-S — A publish/Subscribe protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks". 2008 3rd International Conference on Communication Systems Software and Middleware and Workshops (COMSWARE '08). pp. 791–798. doi:10.1109/COMSWA.2008.4554519. ISBN 978-1-4244-1796-4. S2CID 206578649.
  2. ^ Stanford-Clark, Andy. "Dr". Twitter. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ Video interview of Andy Stanford-Clark by Zadi Diaz of EPIC FU, weekly web show that covers online pop culture (7 October 2008)
  4. ^ The Patron Saint of Energy Geeks: A Guest Post - a post by Andy on the HomeCamp blog, on his home automation system, energy monitoring and Twitter
  5. ^ Stanford-Clark, Andrew James (1991). Parallel paradigms and their implementation (PhD thesis). University of East Anglia. OCLC 59951629. EThOS
  6. ^ "Innovation Begins at Home: Professor Andy Stanford-Clark, CTO, IBM | Alliance MBS".
  7. ^ "IBM Press Release on Extreme Blue project". IBM. Archived from the original on 25 September 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  8. ^ "Pervasive technologies for a smarter planet". 2009. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Twittering ferries: profile of inventor Dr Andy Stanford-Clark". Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ "10th birthday party". July 2009. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  11. ^ WebSphere MQ Telemetry - a video featuring Andy Stanford-Clark talking about his work on Twittering ferries and the MQTT protocol
  12. ^ Rory Cellan-Jones (23 June 2009). "Tweeting mousetrap and window (video)". BBC News.
  13. ^ Andy Stanford-Clark. "BBC coverage of The House That Twitters". self-published. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  14. ^ Innovation Begins at Home at TEDx