James D. Y. Collier

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James Collier

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James Collier at the Royal Society admissions day in London for new fellows in 2016
BornDecember 1958 (age 60)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
AwardsMacRobert Award
Scientific career

James Digby Yarlet Collier (born December 1958)[1] FRS[2] FREng is a physicist and was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Neul Limited.[3] Previously, he held several technical and executive positions at Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), UbiNetics, Cambridge Consultants and Schlumberger[4][5][6]


Collier was educated at the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics.[5][when?]


James Collier co-founded CSR as a corporate spin-off from Cambridge Consultants Limited with a group of eight other people including Glenn Collinson, Phil O'Donovan, Jonathan Kimmitt, Carl Orsborn, Ian Sabberton, Justin Penfold, Robert Young and Graham Pink.[7] He served as CTO of CSR which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2015.[6] Using short-range wireless technology, CSR became a major supplier of integrated circuit designs for Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.[7] As a fabless manufacturing company, CSR created the first production ready, single chip, CMOS implementation of the Bluetooth standard[8] by putting a radio transmitter, microprocessor and baseband on a single integrated circuit.[7] The techniques developed are now commonplace and included in many consumer wireless devices.[2]

Between 1984 and 1999, Collier held executive and technical positions at Cambridge Consultants, where he started the microelectronics group in 1987. Prior to 1984, Collier held a number of executive and technical positions at Schlumberger.[8] Collier also served as director UbiNetics IP Ltd from 2005.[1]

In 2010, Collier set up Neul Limited with Glenn Collinson with £8 million in initial investment to exploit machine to machine (M2M) communication in the weightless wireless communications market.[7][9] Neul is based in Cambridge Science Park and develops wireless network technology to enable the use of the white space spectrum.[1][3][10] Neul was acquired by Huawei in 2014.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2005, Collier won the MacRobert Award with his CSR colleagues John Hodgson, Phil O'Donovan, Glenn Collinson and Chris Ladas for their work on Bluecore.[11][12][13] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016[2] and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "James Digby Yarlet COLLIER: Born December 1958". London: Companies House. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Anon (2016). "Mr James Collier FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  3. ^ a b c "Neul.com: The Internet of Everything". Archived from the original on 8 February 2011.
  4. ^ Dominic White (10 May 2006). "CSR duo in £9m share sell-off". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "James Digby Yarlet Collier: Chief Technology Officer, Neul Ltd". New York City: Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b Anon (2 June 2010). "James Collier to leave CSR to start new venture". Cambridge: Cambridge News. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d Kirk, Kate; Cotton, Charles (2012). The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 years of innovation and enterprise. London: Third Millennium Publishing. ISBN 9781906507527.
  8. ^ a b "2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists: James Collier". wtn.net. Archived from the original on 30 January 2015.
  9. ^ "James Collier, Chief Executive @ Neul". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on 26 September 2014.
  10. ^ James Collier, Co-Founder of Neul Ltd on YouTube, Cambridge Judge Business School
  11. ^ Anon (2005). "Bluecore work wins CSR Engineers £50,000 prize". Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ieee.org. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016.
  12. ^ Anon (2005). "iPod and Bluetooth lead to prizes". London: BBC News.
  13. ^ Anon (3 June 2005). "Wireless wizards scoop UK's biggest innovation prize". London: Royal Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015.