Ron Tackaberry graduated from the University of Edinburgh and South Illinois University by 1987.
In 1985 until 2011 he was a Scientific Control Systems Engineer at X-ray Optical Center in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
During this time he led the Computing & Control Systems Group of X-ray Optical Center. He managed all software and system administration for a group of more than 20 scientists and graduate students. He personally designed and validated the control system software for over 30 experimental stations and managed a team of software developers and system administrators for the US Department of Energy.
His team was responsible managing over 100 Windows PC and 50 Linux computers used for scientific data collection, experimental control, analysis and, automated equipment safety interlocks at all experimental facilities.
In 2005 to 2011 he worked as business manager of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA. He managed all contracts, funds, and annual budgets of more than $ 100 million for large scientific research groups.