David Cleevely FREng FIET
The Appleton Lecture was established in 1965 to commemorate the life and work of Sir Edward Appleton, a widely honoured physicist and Nobel Prize winner who is mainly noted for research into the upper atmosphere.
18 January 2011 Communications channel
Communications media and devices are proliferating at an accelerating rate. Globalisation means that innovations spread within months round the world and markets appear in a few years that previously took decades to emerge. Much large scale manufacturing has moved offshore, attracted by lower costs and economies of scale. Will other activities follow suit? Does the rise of China and India mean that innovation in communications will happen increasingly outside the UK? What are the important developments that are affecting the development of the communications industry and what should the strategic response be? David examines trends in technology and markets, and set out some suggestions for what policies researchers, businesses and government should pursue.
Dr David Cleevely, Chairman, Cambridge Wireless
David Cleevely FREng FIET is the Chairman of CRFS, the spectrum monitoring company, which he co-founded in July 2007, and the founder and former Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys (acquired by Datatec International in 2004).
David is currently appointed by the UK government to the Spectrum Management Advisory Group and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the IET Telecoms Sector Panel. He has also appeared before Select Committees in both Parliament and in the House of Lords.
In 1998, he co-founded the web-based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Jonathan Milner and continues as Chairman. In late 2004 he co-founded the 3G pico base station company, 3WayNetworks, which was sold to Airvana in April 2007.
He joined the Board of Trutap (formerly Hotxt) - a mobile phone social networking provider in October 2005 and joined the Board of ionscope in 2007 and became Chairman in May 2008. He has been a prime mover behind Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the IET Telecoms Sector Panel.
After being sponsored to study Cybernetics at Reading by Post Office Telecommunications, he joined their Long Range Studies Division. A PhD at Cambridge was then followed by the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IET and he has recently held an Industrial Fellowship at the University of Cambridge Computer