Professor Raymond Steele - Obituary

It is with deep sadness that we announce that MAC Ltd’s Founder and former Managing Director and Chairman, Professor Raymond Steele, has passed away. Ray established the company in 1986 to provide high quality consulting services and products to the emerging mobile communications sector and he served as the Managing Director and then Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 2004. He was a true pioneer of modern mobile communications and anyone who met him or attended one of his many lectures around the world will know that he was a real visionary who wasn’t afraid to express his views on the future of communications technology, regardless of how absurd these may have seemed at the time. When we look at the world today, we see that so many of the things that Ray predicted have come true.

Ray started his career as an apprentice radio engineer before winning a scholarship to read Electrical Engineering at the University of Durham. After a number of industrial posts, he took up lectureships at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich and Loughborough University. His success in research took him to a highly coveted post in Bell Laboratories in the USA, where he worked alongside other world leading scientists and engineers to invent and develop many of the ideas and technologies that underpin our lives today. On returning to the UK, Ray became a professor at the University of Southampton and continued his world leading research into mobile communications technology as well as establishing MAC Ltd. Ray received many accolades and awards for his work, including becoming a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992.

In addition to his work in mobile radio communications, Ray was also a very talented painter and many of his paintings were used by MAC Ltd for their annual Christmas cards, which became collectors’ items for many of our customers. As well as writing many scientific books and papers, he also published two novels. Ray was truly a man of many talents.

Ray leaves a huge legacy from the technological research he produced to the many engineers around the world who have been inspired to continue his work by his teaching, guidance, leadership and friendship. He will be very sadly missed, but also very fondly remembered by all who knew him.

All at MAC Ltd offer our heartfelt condolences to Ray’s family at this difficult time.