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Andrew Hopper

Professor Andrew Hopper CBE FREng FRS


Elected: 2006


Andy Hopper is an engineer and computer scientist whose contributions to academia and industry have had a significant global impact. A pioneer of network design and mobile computing, Andy 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, Andy has also served as Chairman of both the RealVNC group and Ubisense, which between them have received five Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Appointed a CBE in 2007 for his services to the computer industry, Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his influential work, the Science Council named him as one of the United Kingdom’s 100 leading practising scientists in 2014.

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'.