Acorn founder and mobile chip pioneer given CBE


Acorn founder and mobile chip pioneer given CBE

Antony Savvas

Acorn Computers founder Andrew Hopper was given a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

Professor Hopper was given the award for services to the computer industry. He is currently head of the University of Cambridge computer lab.

In 1978, along with Hermann Hauser, Hopper founded Acorn Computers, which went on to develop the Acorn Electron and Archimedes machines, along with the BBC Micro PC.

The machines were widely used in the 1980s and early 1990s, but Acorn hit financial problems and was broken up in 2000.

From the break-up, however, subsidiary Advanced RISC Machines, now known as ARM, found a lucrative niche in mobile chip designs, and this company’s products are widely used in the mobile device market.

Hopper recently founded networking firm Ubisense, which focuses on sensor networks.


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