Andy Harter

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Andy Harter
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Born (1961-04-05) 5 April 1961 (age 56)
Yorkshire, England
Residence Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
Nationality British
Fields Computer Science, Software Engineering
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Cambridge (MA, PhD)
Doctoral advisor Andy Hopper
Notable awards IET Faraday Medal (2016)

Andy Harter FREng CEng FIET FBCS CITP, FRSA (born 1961 in Yorkshire, England) is a British computer scientist, best known as the founder and CEO of RealVNC.

Born in Yorkshire in 1961, Harter attended the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield. He went on to the University of Cambridge, where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Fitzwilliam College[1] and Corpus Christi College. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Andy Hopper, was judged the best UK Computer Science dissertation of 1990, and was published by Cambridge University Press.[2] He subsequently became a Fellow of St Edmund's College and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. He is probably best known for VNC, a ubiquitous remote access technology he developed in the mid 90s. He founded RealVNC in 2002 and remains its Chief Executive. In recent years he has worked on embedding the technology in Google and Intel products.[1] Under his leadership, in 2013 the company received its third Queen's Award for Enterprise[3] in three years[4] and he was named the Cambridge Businessman of the Year in 2011.[5]

In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the IET, where he now serves as a trustee. In 2010 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering[6] in recognition of an outstanding and sustained contribution to software engineering and commercialization and in 2013 he led the team that won the Academy's prestigious MacRobert Award.[7] In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering,[8] where he now serves as a trustee.[9] In 2014 he was appointed Chair of the Cambridge Network[10] and in 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Anglia Ruskin University.[11] In 2016 he was awarded the Faraday Medal, the most prestigious award of the IET.[12]