Andy Hopper is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology. His research interests include computer networking, pervasive and sensor-driven computing, and using computers to ensure sustainability of the planet.
Andy Hopper has pursued academic and industrial careers simultaneously. In the academic career he has worked at the Computer Laboratory and the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. 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). He has been elected Treasurer of the Royal Society from December 2017.