Eben Upton

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Eben Upton
Eben Upton, CEO Raspberry Pi Ltd
Eben Christopher Upton

(1978-04-05) 5 April 1978 (age 46)[1][2]
Griffithstown, Pontypool, Wales, United Kingdom[2]
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD, MBA)
Known forRaspberry Pi
SpouseLiz Upton[3]
Scientific career
ThesisCompiling with data dependence graphs (2006)
Doctoral advisorMartin Richards

Eben Christopher Upton CBE FREng DFBCS [4][5] (born 5 April 1978) is the Welsh CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd., which runs the engineering and trading activities of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.[6][7][8][9] He is responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi device.[10][11][12] He is a former technical director and ASIC architect for Broadcom.[13]


Eben Upton was born in Griffithstown near Pontypool, Wales, where his mother is from; his father is language Prof Clive Upton. He lived in Lae in Papua New Guinea between the ages of eight weeks and two and a half years. He then returned to the UK to grow up in Leeds, Birmingham and Ilkley.[2][14][15]

Upton completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Engineering in 1999 at the University of Cambridge where he was an undergraduate student at St John's College, Cambridge. He went on to do the Cambridge Diploma in Computer Science graduating in 2001.[16] After his diploma, Upton was a research student in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.[17] After finishing his PhD degree, he earned an MBA at the Cambridge Judge Business School[18] while working in industry.

Eben Upton moved production of Raspberry Pi computers from China to the Sony UK Technology Centre (Sony UK TEC) at Pencoed, Wales in 2012, 15–20 miles from where he was born.[19][20]


Before working at Broadcom, Upton was Director of Studies in Computer Science at St John's College, Cambridge, with responsibility for undergraduate admissions. During his academic career, he co-authored papers[21][22] on mobile services,[23] Human–computer interaction (HCI),[24] bluetooth,[25] data dependency graphs.[26] and Fuel Panics: Insights From Spatial Agent-Based Simulation.[27] He has been a visiting Researcher at Intel Corporation,[24] Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ideaworks3D and a software engineer at IBM.[28]


Upton has published books including the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary with his father Clive Upton.[29] With Gareth Halfacree he co-authored the Raspberry Pi User Guide.[30] Upton has also co-authored Learning Computer Architecture with Raspberry Pi,[31] and authored Code the Classics - Volume 1.[32]

Awards and honours[edit]

Upton has won a number of awards including the Innovators Under 35 (TR35) from MIT Technology Review in 2012[1] and the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal.[33]

Upton was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to business and education.[34]

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2017,[35] and a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (DFBCS) in 2019.[5]

In 2020, Upton was made an Honorary Fellow St John's College, Cambridge.[36] In the same year, he was awarded the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award[37] and made an Honorary Fellow of the IET (HonFIET).[38]

Personal life[edit]

Eben Upton is married to Raspberry Pi co-founder, Liz, whom he met at university.[3] They have two children, a daughter, Aphra, and a son, Christopher (Kit).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Innovator Under 35: Eben Upton, 34". MIT Technology Review. Archived from the original on 13 April 2021. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Eben Upton CBE". Archives of IT. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b The MagPi Issue 4 – Eben and Liz: The interview, August 2012
  4. ^ Manners, David (11 June 2016). "Eben Upton gets CBE". Electronics Weekly. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Roll of Distinguished Fellows: Eben Upton". BCS. 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Welcome Lance!", 25 September 2013, raspberrypi.org
  7. ^ "Our story", Page 3, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  8. ^ MacGregor, Alice (25 July 2014). "A slice of Pi: Interview with Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton". The Stack. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Raspberry Pi (Trading) limited". companieshouse.gov.uk. Companies House. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  10. ^ TEDxGranta: Eben Upton talks Raspberry Pi, 12 April 2012 on YouTube
  11. ^ Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton – Inspiring future generations with open hardware, The IET, 2 April 2013 on YouTube
  12. ^ Severance, Charles (2013). "Eben Upton: Raspberry Pi". Computer. 46 (10): 14–16. doi:10.1109/MC.2013.349. ISSN 0018-9162.
  13. ^ "LinkedIn". LinkedIn.
  14. ^ Peplow, Mark (28 February 2015). "Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  15. ^ Haywood, Will (12 September 2016). "Raspberry Pi have now sold 10m of their £4 computers which are made in Wales". Wales Online. Wales Online. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  16. ^ Eben Upton – Live before Raspberry Pi, 30 June 2016 on YouTube
  17. ^ Upton, Eben (2006). Compiling with data dependence graphs. cam.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890157114. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.614108.
  18. ^ Raspberry Pi: Dr Eben Upton, Inventor[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ Barry, Sion (27 July 2017). "How the iconic Raspberry Pi computer has been given a new lease of life in Wales". Wales Online. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Interview: Eben Upton". tuxradar.com. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  21. ^ Eben Upton publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  22. ^ Eben Upton at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  23. ^ Toye, E.; Sharp, R.; Madhavapeddy, A.; Scott, D.; Upton, E.; Blackwell, A. (2006). "Interacting with mobile services: An evaluation of camera-phones and visual tags". Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 11 (2): 97. doi:10.1007/s00779-006-0064-9. S2CID 552244.
  24. ^ a b Haggle: Seamless Networking for Mobile Applications in Thomas Strang; John Krumm; Gregory D. Abowd; Aruna Seneviratne (2007). UbiComp 2007: Ubiquitous Computing: 9th International Conference, UbiComp 2007, Innsbruck, Austria, September 16–19, 2007, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in … Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI). Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-74852-6.
  25. ^ Scott, D.; Sharp, R.; Madhavapeddy, A.; Upton, E. (2005). "Using visual tags to bypass Bluetooth device discovery". ACM SIGMOBILE Mobile Computing and Communications Review. 9: 41–53. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/1055959.1055965. S2CID 14720233.
  26. ^ Hymans, C.; Upton, E. (2004). "Static Analysis of Gated Data Dependence Graphs". Static Analysis. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 3148. pp. 197–211. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-27864-1_16. ISBN 978-3-540-22791-5.
  27. ^ Upton, Eben; Nuttall, William (2014). "Fuel Panics: Insights From Spatial Agent-Based Simulation". IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. 15 (4): 1499–1509. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/TITS.2014.2302358. S2CID 7003100. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  28. ^ Raspberry Pi interview: Eben Upton reveals all, Gareth Halfacree, Linux User, February 19, 2012
  29. ^ Upton, Eben; Upton, Clive (2004). Oxford Rhyming Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-280115-9.
  30. ^ Upton, Eben; Gareth Halfacree (2012). Raspberry Pi User Guide. New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-46446-5.
  31. ^ Upton, Eben; Duntemanne, Jeffrey; Roberts, Ralph; Mamtora, Tim; Everard, Ben (2016). Learning Computer Architecture with Raspberry Pi. Oxford: Wiley. ISBN 978-1-119-18393-8.
  32. ^ Upton, Eben (2019). Code the Classics - Volume 1. Cambridge: RPI Press. ISBN 978-1912047598.
  33. ^ Hurley, James (24 June 2013). "Raspberry Pi inventor joins silver medal table". The Telegraph.
  34. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B10.
  35. ^ "New Fellows 2017: Eben Upton". Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  36. ^ "Everyday Sexism activist and founder of Raspberry Pi elected as Honorary Fellows of St John's". St John's College University of Cambridge (IEEE).
  37. ^ "The IEEE 2020 Technical Field Awards" (PDF). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  38. ^ "IET announces 16 Honorary Fellows to mark 150th year". 8 October 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2022.

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