Eben Upton

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Eben Upton

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Upton at the Alan Turing festival, Edinburgh 2012 by Jim Killock
Eben Christopher Upton

(1978-04-05) 5 April 1978 (age 43)[1][2]
Griffithstown, Pontypool, Wales, United Kingdom[2]
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD, MBA)
Known forRaspberry Pi
Spouse(s)Liz Upton[3]
AwardsTR35 (2012),[1]
RAE Silver Medal (2013),
IEEE Consumer Electronics Award (2020)
Scientific career
ThesisCompiling with data dependence graphs (2006)
Doctoral advisorMartin Richards

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


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][12][13]

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.[14] After his diploma, Upton was a research student in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.[15] After finishing his Ph.D. he took a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Cambridge Judge Business School[16] 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.[17][18]


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[19][20] on mobile services,[21] Human–computer interaction (HCI),[22] bluetooth[23] and data dependency graphs.[24] He has been a visiting Researcher at Intel Corporation,[22] Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ideaworks3D and a software engineer at IBM.[25]


Upton has published books including the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary with his father Clive Upton.[26] With Gareth Halfacree he co-authored the Raspberry Pi User Guide.[27]

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.[28]

Upton was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to business and education.[29]

In 2020, he was awarded the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Eben is married to Liz, whom he met at university.[3] Eben and Liz have two children, a daughter, Aphra, born 19 April 2017, and a son Christopher (Kit), born 7 May 2010.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Review, MIT Technology. "Innovator Under 35: Eben Upton, 34". MIT Technology Review. 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. ^ "Welcome Lance!", 25 September 2013, raspberrypi.org
  6. ^ "Our story", Page 3, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  7. ^ MacGregor, Alice (25 July 2014). "A slice of Pi: Interview with Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton". The Stack. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Raspberry Pi (Trading) limited". companieshouse.gov.uk. Companies House. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ TEDxGranta: Eben Upton talks Raspberry Pi, 12 April 2012 on YouTube
  10. ^ Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton – Inspiring future generations with open hardware, The IET, 2 April 2013 on YouTube
  11. ^ Severance, Charles (2013). "Eben Upton: Raspberry Pi". Computer. 46 (10): 14–16. doi:10.1109/MC.2013.349. ISSN 0018-9162.
  12. ^ Peplow, Mark (28 February 2015). "Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Eben Upton – Live before Raspberry Pi, 30 June 2016 on YouTube
  15. ^ Upton, Eben (2006). Compiling with data dependence graphs. cam.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890157114. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.614108.
  16. ^ Raspberry Pi: Dr Eben Upton, Inventor
  17. ^ Barry, Sion (27 July 2017). Wales Online. Wales Online https://www.walesonline.co.uk/business/business-news/staggering-10-million-raspberry-pi-13384529. Retrieved 14 March 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "Interview: Eben Upton". tuxradar.com. https://tuxradar.com. Retrieved 14 March 2021. External link in |publisher= (help)
  19. ^ Eben Upton publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  20. ^ Eben Upton at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Hymans, C.; Upton, E. (2004). "Static Analysis of Gated Data Dependence Graphs". Static Analysis. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 3148. p. 197. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-27864-1_16. ISBN 978-3-540-22791-5.
  25. ^ Raspberry Pi interview: Eben Upton reveals all, Gareth Halfacree, Linux User, February 19, 2012
  26. ^ Upton, Eben; Upton, Clive (2004). Oxford Rhyming Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-280115-9.
  27. ^ Upton, Eben; Gareth Halfacree (2012). Raspberry Pi User Guide. New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-46446-5.
  28. ^ Hurley, James (24 June 2013). "Raspberry Pi inventor joins silver medal table". The Telegraph.
  29. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B10.
  30. ^ "The IEEE 2020 Technical Field Awards" (PDF).

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