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Pioneer of telecoms named as Visiting Professor and prepares to give inaugural lecture

9 Jan 2017 1:30PM

Internationally renowned technology guru Professor Peter Cochrane OBE has been announced as a Visiting Professor by the University of Suffolk.

Professor Cochrane spent much of his career in Suffolk at BT. He is often credited as one of the pioneers of the internet as well as affordable telecommunications thanks to his work on the development of TAT-8, the first transatlantic communications cable that used optical fibre communication technology followed by low cost Fibre to the Home technologies.

Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, Head of Department for Science and Technology, saidVery few people can claim to have influenced the development and roll out of the "All Digital Communication Systems" revolution at a global scale.  Professor Peter Cochrane is certainly one of this small elite group of pioneers.”

In 1990 Professor Cochrane received the Queen's Award for Innovation & Export; he has numerous Honorary Doctorates and was awarded an OBE in 1999 for his contribution to international communications.

As an investor and entrepreneur he has engaged in the founding of new companies, investment and the management of growth leading to market success.

Professor Abdel-Maguid added “We are delighted to welcome Peter to the University of Suffolk as a Visiting Professor and look forward to his contributions to help build the international excellence of science and technology at the University as well as driving the regional innovation and digital economy agenda forward.”

Ipswich was identified in the 2016 Tech Nation report as a ‘Digital Tech Cluster’ and the University of Suffolk’s ambition is to build its reputation internationally making the county one of the most thriving knowledge economies in Europe.

Professor Cochrane said “I accepted this appointment because the University of Suffolk has a pivotal role in educating and preparing people for a technology driven future, and as a catalyst for the creation of new companies and the transformation of the old in a county full of potential.  This is in the sweet spot of my industrial and educational life, and I am pleased to be joining such a young and pro-active team.”

Professor Cochrane will be delivering his inaugural lecture, Digital Destinies- looking at the wider implications, on Thursday 19 January at 6pm at the University of Suffolk, Ipswich.

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