Cambridge based serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Dr Hermann Hauser has been named as the patron of the Centre for Computing History.
A leading figure in the worlds of technology, science and business, Dr Hauser has agreed to take on this important role 30 years after the company he co-founded - Acorn Computers - unveiled the BBC Micro, the machine which, along with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, epitomised the British home computer boom of the early 1980s. The BBC Micro ultimately changed the history of computing in the UK by bringing home computing within reach of the general population. In 1984 he was voted the UK's 'Computer Personality of the Year'.
In the late 1980s Acorn went on to develop the ARM processor forerunner of the processors still manufactured by ARM Holdings and found in 95 per cent of today's mobile phones. Since then Hermann has been responsible for setting-up numerous technology companies and in 1997 co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd, a venture capital company. During his career he developed strong links with Cambridge, and has played a big part in the city's enterprise culture.
"It gives me great pleasure to accept the role of patron. I am fully committed to this initiative to found a computer museum in Cambridge," claimed Hauser. "This area is at the heart of the UK's, if not Europe's, leading technology cluster. As such the city has played - and continues to play - a vital role in the history of computing.
"In addition to celebrating Britain's outstanding track record in computing innovation, the centre will showcase computing technology and enterprise in the Cambridge region. It will explore the radical and far-reaching impact of technological discovery and invention to spring from Cambridge University and local companies.
"We all recognise that computers have transformed the world we live in. To enable coming generations to understand how it has all happened there has never been a more appropriate moment for a museum of this nature. I hope it will create an experience where young people can truly engage with technology and act as a catalyst for emerging talent."
The Centre for Computing History was established in 2006 to tell the story of the Information Age. The museum is on course to open in Cambridge next spring.