Allen Boothroyd

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Allen Boothroyd is a British industrial designer.


Boothroyd trained as a mechanical engineer and went on to study industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He is currently the Managing Director of Cambridge Product Design Ltd and is the co-founder and Design Director of Meridian Audio (Previously known as Boothroyd-Stuart).[1] Meridian, established in 1977, won the Design Council Award for Outstanding British Product an unprecedented three times.[2]


An early landmark in Boothroyd's career were his cabinet designs for the Lecson AC1 pre-amp and AP1 power amplifier which he produced in 1974.[3] The Lecson hi-fi is now in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.[4][5] The Lecson Audio System was selected as one of the important representations of British technological and design innovation to have taken place between two London-hosted Olympic Games.[5]

When the BBC wanted to brand a computer, as part of its Computer Literacy Project in 1981, he designed the BBC Micro in a few days.[4][6] He also worked on the design for the RiscPC computer.[7]

Pioneer commissioned Boothroyd to produce a unique appearance for its new surround-sound speaker system. His design was used in the Pioneer Elite Reference speaker system.[8]

Acorn products[edit]

Functions as keyboard for the Acorn System 2 and as case for the Acorn Atom
The BBC Micro


  1. ^ RV Veera (21 July 1999). "Continuous Quality Boost at Meridian". New Straits Times. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Premier Products from Britain". New Straits Times. 6 May 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lecson". July 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Warman, Matt (21 Apr 2012). "The great sound of Britain". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Osborn, George (3 April 2012). "Meridian founders and Sinclair graduate to the V&A". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Erol Gelenbe and Jean-Pierre Kahane (16 March 2009). "Fundamental Concepts in Computer Science". Imperial College Press. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Burley, Ian (June 1994). "Acorn RISC PC 600" (PDF). Personal Computer World. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Thomas J. Norton (19 March 1999). "Pioneer Elite Reference Loudspeaker System". Stereophile. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 

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