Professor of Computer Technology and Head of Department,
The Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Andy Hopper is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge and Head of Department of the Computer Laboratory. He has pursued academic and industrial careers simultaneously. In the academic career he has worked at the Computer Laboratory and the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. In the industrial context he has co-founded over a dozen spin-outs and start-ups, three of which floated on stock markets, as well as working for multinational companies. He is Chairman of RealVNC Group. The companies he co-founded have received numerous Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the MacRobert Award.
Professor Hopper received the BSc degree from the University College of Swansea (1974) and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (1978). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996) and of the Royal Society (2006). He was made a CBE for services to the computer industry (2007). He is a past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (2012). In 2014 the Science Council named him as one of UK's "100 Leading Practising Scientists", and the Sunday Times listed him as one of the "100 most influential Britons of the modern age".