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Andrew Hopper

Professor Andrew Hopper CBE FREng FRS


Elected: 2006


Andy Hopper is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology. He is also Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society. His research interests include computer networking, pervasive and sensor-driven computing, and using computer technology to ensure sustainability of the planet.

Andy Hopper has pursued academic and industrial careers simultaneously. In the industrial context he has co-founded thirteen spin-outs and start-ups, three of which floated on stock markets, as well as working for multinational companies. In recent years the companies he co-founded have received five Queen's Awards for Enterprise. He is Chairman of RealVNC Group.

Professor Hopper received the BSc degree from the University College of Swansea (1974) and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (1978). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996) and of the Royal Society (2006). He was made a CBE for services to the computer industry (2007). He was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (2012). He is a recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award (2013) and the Royal Society Bakerian Medal (2017).

Professional positions

Professor of Computer Technology, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Computer systems analysis, Quorum sensing, Sustainability science


  • Bakerian Medal and Lecture

    For his outstanding research in computer technology, with significant economic impacts, in particular his work in computer networking and sentient computing systems with an aim to providing sustainability.

  • Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture

    On 'Progress and research in the communications industry'.