Archives of Information Technology (AIT) has captured the personal histories of five key contributors to the Cambridge Fen phenomena: five acorns who built a multi-billion-pound industry. The five played different roles in creating this world-class hub generating vital technologies powering mobile IT and networking.
The aim of AIT is to capture the past and inspire the future: be inspired as you listen to the stories of these five pioneers. Between them they have created companies’ worth over an estimated $50 billion and help create tens of thousands of jobs.
Listen to Chris Curry’s story as he co-founded Acorn Computers which not only had its own range but also designed and sold the BBC Micro launched in 1981.
Hear how Steve Furber was the principle designer of the Acorn microcomputer and of the BBC Micro which eventually sold 1.5 million computers linked to the BBC’s Computer Literacy project: he went on to co-design the Risc microprocessor at Acorn, the engine for smartphones.
Let Hermann Hauser tell you how he co-founded Acorn with Curry, guided its development including the design of the Risc microprocessor and became a venture capitalist.
Learn from Andy Hopper who co-founded Acorn and did pioneering research into local area networks, ran the Olivetti Cambridge Research labs and co-founded at least 10 IT companies.
Follow the story of Sir Robin Saxby who was the first CEO of Advanced Risc Machines (ARM), the microprocessor company spun out from Acorn in 1991. He started with 12 engineers and help build the company with his business model to a size where it was worth £23.4 billion in 2016.
Launching the BBC Micro
Creating teams for resources for innovation
Building a multi-billion company
Between them these five have earned two knighthoods (Hauser’s KBE is a knighthood for a foreign national), three CBE’s and a host of industry and professional awards for their contributions to the history of IT in the UK.