9 May 1953 |
|Residence||Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire, UK|
|Institutions||University of Cambridge
|Alma mater||Swansea University (BSc)
Trinity Hall, Cambridge (PhD)
|Thesis||Local area computer communications network (1978)|
|Doctoral advisor||David Wheeler|
|Doctoral students||Sherif Akoush
|Known for||Virtual Network Computing
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society (2006)
|Spouse||Alison Gail Smith|
Andrew "Andy" Hopper CBE FRS FREng FIET (b. 1953 in Warsaw, Poland) is the Professor of Computer Technology and Head of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Hopper was educated at Quintin Kynaston School in London after which we went to to study for a Bachelor of Science degree at Swansea University before going to the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1974 to start a PhD under the supervision of David Wheeler. Hopper was awarded his PhD in 1978.
Hopper’s PhD was in the field of communications networks and he worked with Maurice Wilkes on the creation of the Cambridge Ring and its successor, the Cambridge Fast Ring. The expertise gained in these networking projects put the Computer Laboratory at the forefront of research in chips for communications networks. The Cambridge Ring ran at 10 megabits per second and the Cambridge Fast Ring ran at 100 megabits per second (in 1980). The Cambridge Fast Ring was further developed into ATM.
Hopper has supervised approximately fifty PhD students.
Hopper's research interests include multimedia systems, Virtual Network Computing and sentient computing. His most cited paper describes the indoor location system called the Active Badge. He has contributed to a discussion of the privacy challenges relating to surveillance.
More recently, Hopper's research under the title Computing for the Future of the Planet examines the uses of computers for assuring the sustainability of the planet.
Since 2005, Hopper has been a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology at Queen's University Belfast. Since 2003, Hopper has been on the advisory board of Fraser Research.
In May 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He became a member of the Council of the Royal Society in 2009.
Hopper was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996 and awarded their Silver Medal in 2003. He was a member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2007 to 2010.
Hopper is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and was a Trustee from 2003 until 2006 and again since 2009. In 2004, Hopper was awarded the Mountbatten Medal of IET  and in 2010 he was appointed deputy president of the organisation.
After more than 20 years at Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, Hopper was elected Chair of Communications Engineering at Cambridge University Engineering Department in 1997. He returned to the Computer Laboratory as Professor of Computer Technology and Head of Department in 2004.
In July 2005, Hopper was awarded an honorary fellowship of Swansea University.
In December 2008, Hopper was a member of the team carrying out the Capability Review of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
In 2010 Hopper was awarded an Honorary Degree from Queen's University Belfast.
In 2011 Hopper was elected as a Trustee of the Council of the University of Cambridge and a member of the Finance Committee.
Hopper serves on several academic advisory boards. In 2005, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Institute of Electronics Communications and Information Technology at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2008 he joined the Advisory Board of the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.
In 1978, Hopper founded Orbis Ltd to develop networking technologies.
In 1978 Hopper worked with Hermann Hauser and Chris Curry, founders of Acorn Computers Ltd; Orbis became a division of Acorn in 1979 and continued to work with the Cambridge Ring. While at Acorn, Hopper helped to design some of the chips for the BBC Micro. When Acorn was acquired by Olivetti in 1985, Hauser became vice-president for research at Olivetti, in which role he co-founded the Olivetti Research Laboratory in 1986 with Hopper; Hopper became its Managing Director.
In 1985, after leaving Acorn, Hopper co-founded Qudos, a company producing CAD software and doing chip prototyping. He remained a director until 1989.
In 1995, Hopper co-founded Telemedia Systems, now called IPV, and was its chairman until 2003.
In 1997, Hopper co-founded Adaptive Broadband Ltd (ABL) to further develop the ‘Wireless ATM’ project started at ORL in the early 90s. ABL developed a wireless broadband technology which offered high data rates over a point-to-multipoint radio link (25 Mbit/s operating in the 5.8 GHz unlicensed frequency band). High-speed connectivity at low-cost was made possible by a combination of Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) and packet-on-demand bandwidth management, based on ATM technology. ABL was bought by California Microwave, Inc in 1998.
In January 2000, Hopper co-founded Cambridge Broadband which was to develop broadband fixed wireless equipment; he was non-executive chairman from 2000 - 2005.
In 2002 Hopper was involved in the founding of Ubisense Ltd to further develop the location technologies and sentient computing concepts that grew out of the ORL Active Badge system. Hopper has been chairman since 2006 and a director since 2003 and was involved in its IPO in June 2011.
In 2002, Hopper co-founded RealVNC and has served as chairman since the company's inception.
In 2002, Hopper co-founded Level 5 Networks and was a director until 2008, just after it merged with Solarflare Inc.
Hopper was an advisor to Hauser’s venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners from 2001 until 2005. He was also an advisor to the Cambridge Gateway Fund from 2001 until 2006.
Personal life 
Hopper is married to Alison Smith, a Professor of Plant Biochemistry at Cambridge University. They have two children, Merrill and William. He is a keen flyer with over 5,000 hours logged, and his house near Cambridge has an airstrip from which he flies his six-seater Cessna light aircraft.
- "‘HOPPER, Prof. Andrew’". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press,.(subscription required)
- Andy Hopper at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Richardson, T.; Stafford-Fraser, Q.; Wood, K. R.; Hopper, A. (1998). "Virtual network computing". IEEE Internet Computing 2: 33. doi:10.1109/4236.656066.
- List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- Hopper, Andy (1978). Local Area Computer Communication Networks (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.459643.
- Hopper, A. (1990). "Pandora - an experimental system for multimedia applications". ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review 24 (2): 19. doi:10.1145/382258.382788.
- Hopper, A. (2000). "The Clifford Paterson Lecture, 1999. Sentient computing". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 358 (1773): 2349–2310. doi:10.1098/rsta.2000.0652.
- Want, R.; Hopper, A.; Falcão, V.; Gibbons, J. (1992). "The active badge location system". ACM Transactions on Information Systems 10: 91. doi:10.1145/128756.128759.
- "Dilemmas of Privacy and Surveillance". Royal Academy of Engineering. March 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "The Tech Lab: Andy Hopper". BBC. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "Council News". Royal Academy of Engineering. Autumn 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees". Institution of Engineering and Technology. 13 September 2006. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "Prestigious Mountbatten Medal Awarded To Professor Andy Hopper". Institution of Engineering and Technology. 10 November 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "Results of ballot 2010 - The IET". Institution of Engineering and Technology. Retrieved 29 Dec 2011.
- "UK home computer pioneer honoured". BBC News. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- "Outstanding Contribution Award". SIGMOBILE. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills: Baseline Assessment" (Press release). Civil Service. December 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- "Queen's University Belfast - 07-2010 Press Releases". Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 27 Nov 2011.
- Cambridge University Reporter (University Of Cambridge) CXLI (7): 61. December 2011.
- "Times Higher Education - On the move...". The Times. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- "IC Advisory Board". École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- "The IET welcomes it's new president".
- "Ubisense IPO ends five and a half year wait". Cambridge Business Media. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. Text " Cambridge technology news " ignored (help); Text " Cabume" " ignored (help)
- Andy Hopper's Home Page at the University of Cambridge
- Andy Hopper, IT innovator, awarded CBE
- Andy Hopper interviewed by Alan Macfarlane 22 May 2008 (film)
- Profile Computing and Sustainability, by Michael Kenward in The Royal Academy of Engineering's Ingenia magazine, March 2010
- Listen to an oral history interview with Andy Hopper - a life story interview recorded for An Oral History of British Science at the British Library