Eben Upton

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Eben Upton
Upton at the Alan Turing festival, Edinburgh 2012 by Jim Killock
Eben Christopher Upton

(1978-04-05) 5 April 1978 (age 41)[1][2]
Griffithstown, Pontypool, Wales, United Kingdom[2]
Alma mater
Known forRaspberry Pi
Spouse(s)Liz Upton[3]
Scientific career
ThesisCompiling with data dependence graphs (2006)
Doctoral advisorMartin Richards

Eben Christopher Upton CBE[5] (born 5 April 1978) is a British technical director and ASIC architect for Broadcom. He is also a founder and former trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and now CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd., the wholly owned subsidiary which runs the engineering and trading activities of the Foundation.[6][7][8][9] He is also responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi device.[10][11]


Upton completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Engineering in 1999 at St John's College, Cambridge. He went on to do the Cambridge Diploma in Computer Science graduating in 2001.[12] After his diploma, Upton went on to study for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.[13] After finishing his PhD he completed an executive Master of Business Administration at the Cambridge Judge Business School[14] while working in industry.


Prior to working at Broadcom, Upton was Director of Studies in Computer Science at St John's College, Cambridge with responsibility for undergraduate admissions and organising teaching for St John's undergraduate students on the Computer Science Tripos.

He has been a visiting Researcher at Intel Corporation,[15] Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ideaworks3D and a Software engineer at IBM.[16]


Upton has published several books and papers including the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary with his father Clive Upton.[17] With Gareth Halfacree he co-authored the Raspberry Pi User Guide.[18] During his academic career, he co-authored several peer-reviewed scientific papers[19][20][21] on mobile services,[22] Human–computer interaction (HCI),[15] bluetooth[23] and data dependency graphs.[24]


Upton has won a number of awards including the MIT Technology Review TR35 world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 in 2012[1] and the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal.[4]

Upton was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to business and education.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Eben Upton is the son of Clive Upton. He was born in Griffithstown near Pontypool in South Wales, but lived in Lae in Papua New Guinea between the ages of eight weeks and two and a half years. He then returned to the UK to grow up in Leeds, Birmingham and Ilkley.[2] He is married to Liz Upton who he met at university.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Eben Upton, 34: His ultracheap computer is perfect for tinkering
  2. ^ a b c "Eben Upton CBE". Archives of IT. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b The MagPi Issue 4 – Eben and Liz: The interview, August 2012
  4. ^ a b Hurley, James (24 June 2013). "Raspberry Pi inventor joins silver medal table". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ Manners, David (11 June 2016). "Eben Upton gets CBE". Electronics Weekly. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Welcome Lance!", 25 September 2013, raspberrypi.org
  7. ^ "Our story", Page 3, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  8. ^ MacGregor, Alice (25 July 2014). "A slice of Pi: Interview with Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton". The Stack. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Raspberry Pi (Trading) limited". Companies House. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  10. ^ TEDxGranta: Eben Upton talks Raspberry Pi, 12 April 2012 on YouTube
  11. ^ Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton – Inspiring future generations with open hardware, The IET, 2 April 2013 on YouTube
  12. ^ Eben Upton – Live before Raspberry Pi, 30 June 2016 on YouTube
  13. ^ Upton, Eben (2006). Compiling with data dependence graphs (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
  14. ^ Raspberry Pi: Dr Eben Upton, Inventor
  15. ^ a b Haggle: Seamless Networking for Mobile Applications in Thomas Strang; John Krumm; Gregory D. Abowd; Aruna Seneviratne (2007). UbiComp 2007: Ubiquitous Computing: 9th International Conference, UbiComp 2007, Innsbruck, Austria, September 16–19, 2007, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in … Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI). Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-74852-6.
  16. ^ Raspberry Pi interview: Eben Upton reveals all
  17. ^ Upton, Eben; Upton, Clive (2004). Oxford Rhyming Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-280115-9.
  18. ^ Upton, Eben; Gareth Halfacree (2012). Raspberry Pi User Guide. New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-46446-5.
  19. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  20. ^ Eben Upton's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  21. ^ Eben Upton at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  22. ^ Toye, E.; Sharp, R.; Madhavapeddy, A.; Scott, D.; Upton, E.; Blackwell, A. (2006). "Interacting with mobile services: An evaluation of camera-phones and visual tags". Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 11 (2): 97. doi:10.1007/s00779-006-0064-9.
  23. ^ Scott, D.; Sharp, R.; Madhavapeddy, A.; Upton, E. (2005). "Using visual tags to bypass Bluetooth device discovery". ACM SIGMOBILE Mobile Computing and Communications Review. 9: 41. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/1055959.1055965.
  24. ^ Hymans, C.; Upton, E. (2004). "Static Analysis of Gated Data Dependence Graphs". Static Analysis. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 3148. p. 197. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-27864-1_16. ISBN 978-3-540-22791-5.
  25. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B10.