Born in Ayrshire, Scotland in
1962, Clark attended Hurlford Primary School (1966-1974)
and Loudon Academy (1974-1979).
He completed his education at Paisley College of Technology (now
Paisley University), where in 1984, he attained a Bachelor
of Science Upper-Second Class Honours Degree in Computer Science,
followed by a Master of Philosophy through research in the field
of Software Engineering in 1987.
|After holding a lecturer's
position in the Department of Computing at the College for three years,
he moved to Germany to take up a software engineering post with the
European subsidiary of a large American corporation.
|For the majority of his sixteen
years in the Fatherland, Clark lived in Freiburg, a beautiful city
on the edge of the Black Forest, where among other things he was captain
of the Freiburg Nomads cricket team for two years, an avid
fan of the city's ice hockey team, EHC Freiburg, and wrote the manuscript
for Outside In.
In October 2003, Clark returned to the west of Scotland with
his then partner, now wife, Máirín, to live in his home town of Kilmarnock.
This gives him ample opportunity to re-kindle his obsession with golf,
watch the local football team Kilmarnock, who he has followed since
childhood, and attend international matches at Hampden Park.
other passions are reading, his daughter Kirsty, who lives in Stoke-On-Trent,
haggis, travelling, real ale, theatre, red wine, Forum Cafe Single
Nougats, Bobby the dog and Killie Pies, but not necessarily in that