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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Professor of Computer Technology


Sir Andy Hopper is a British-Polish technologist and entrepreneur. He is Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include computer and data systems and the use of digital technologies for ensuring well-being of the planet. Most recently he has been concerned with innovation and business models to achieve these sustainability goals.

Andy Hopper has pursued industrial and academic careers simultaneously. In the industrial context he co-founded over a dozen companies, three of which floated on stock markets, and was CEO of an industrial research laboratory. He is Chairman of lowRISC CIC. In the academic context he was Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology (2004-2018) and a Trustee of the University of Cambridge (2011-2014).

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) where he served as Vice-President and Treasurer (2017-2023). He was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (2012-2013). He is a recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award (2013) and the Royal Society Bakerian Medal (2017). He was appointed a CBE (2007) and knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours (2021).

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