Professor Andy Hopper has been elected Treasurer of the Royal Society. He will take over from Professor Tony Cheetham who will step down in November.
“I am delighted that Andy will be the Society’s next treasurer. He has a great track record in both academia and industry that will prove invaluable to the Society in the coming years.” Said Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society.
Professor Hopper is a pioneer of network design and mobile computing and has an extensive track record of converting cutting-edge research into commercial success. Guided by the ambition of connecting people and devices worldwide, in 1992 he developed the Active Badge location system which allows an individual to control the computer networks around them based on their position. The founder of over a dozen spin-outs and start-ups, he has also served as Chairman of both the RealVNC group and Ubisense, which between them have received five Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. He is Professor of Computer Technology and Head of Department at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.