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Acorn professor awarded CBE

Published: 30th Dec 2006, 13:32:54 | Permalink | Printable

Acorn co-founder given Her Majesty's thumbs up

Acorn co-founder Professor Andy Hopper has been made a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Prof Hopper set up the company with Hermann Hauser in 1978, but is also known for his research into high-speed wireless networks and other pioneering technologies. He also headed the Olivetti Research Laboratory, which was formed when Olivetti acquired Acorn in 1985. Twenty years on and among many other projects, he co-founded a new company to design chips with built-in VNC remote desktop servers.

The Cambridge University professor was awarded the gong for his services to the computer industry, and is joined by the likes of Californian-resident Rod Stewart and posh totty Zara Philips on this year's honours roll. He was described as an "enigma" in an interview with New Scientist earlier in May, which noted that many of today's computer scientists cut their teeth on early Acorn kit.

Acorn were responsible for the "fondly remembered BBC Micro", the Electron, the Archimedes and embedded processor giant ARM, according to the BBC, which adds that Acorn was broken up in 2000 after achieving popularity in the 1980s and 1990s.

Born in Poland in 1953 and now married with two children, Prof Hopper is also a keen amateur pilot, and has his own runway near his Cambridgeshire mansion.


Professor Hopper's website and his Wikipedia entry Hermann Hauser was also awarded an honorary CBE in 2001 for innovative service to the UK enterprise sector

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It seems somewhat ironic that his 'work address' at Cambridge is based in the William Gates Building.

Anyway, it's nice to see that he's got some long-overdue recognition.

 is a RISC OS UserRichardHallas on 31/12/06 11:39AM
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I don't know if somebody could confirm this but apparently the pictur on the BBC site is NOT of Andrew Hopper :rolleyes:

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/1/07 10:55PM
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AW: I don't know where you got that idea from but a quick look at the BBC article indicates that it's the same picture as drobe has used above. Then you simply need to go to the homepage of the gentleman in question to discover that the same picture is there. I shall leave it as an exercise for you to make use of the link to said homepage helpfully provided above.

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 7/1/07 12:22AM
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I got the idea from somebody saying it was not Andy Hopper but apparently the BBC have already changed it.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 7/1/07 9:32AM
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The BBC news page has apparently been updated. It does now show a photo of Andy Hopper, but when I looked at it previously, on the day it was published, the picture was of Ian MacNaught-Davis beside a BBC Micro; a frame-grab from one of the BBC programmes of the 80s (probably Making the Most of the Micro, or Micro Live). I'm aware that a few people on the BBC Micro mailing list noticed this error; presumably one or more of them complained and the BBC updated the picture.

 is a RISC OS UserRichardHallas on 7/1/07 10:18AM
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