Surrey’s most influential technology people: Movers and Shakers 2013
PUBLISHED: 14:04 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 02 July 2013
In recent months, team Surrey Life has been busy speaking to our contributors and industry experts from around the county to get a feel for just who makes Surrey tick
A computer gaming legend, Peter Molyneux has been responsible for some of the world’s best-sellers, from his early days with Populous to Fable. For someone who in the 1980s was running a small import/export business out of a room in Bridge Street, Guildford, the 53-year-old has always dreamt big. With his wings spread across the world of technology, his latest gaming company, 22 Cans, remains close to home in Guildford.
Despite speculation surrounding his future at McLaren, there is no question of the impact Ron Dennis has had since creating the modern company. Dennis, who was brought up in Woking and left school at 16 to become an apprentice mechanic, took the reins of a floundering team in 1980 and transformed it into a world champion in four years. As principal of the McLaren F1 racing team, the 66-year-old oversaw 10 drivers’ world titles and seven constructors’ titles before stepping down in 2009. The Virginia Water resident remains chairman of the Woking-based McLaren Group.
Sir Martin Sweeting
Sir Martin Sweeting pioneered the concept of rapid-response, low-cost and highly-capable small satellites utilising commercial off-the-shelf devices to ‘change the economics of space’. In 1985, after building and launching the UK’s first two research microsatellites at the University of Surrey, he formed a spin-off university company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Since then, the Guildford-based business has now designed, built, launched and operates in orbit a total of 34 nano, micro, and mini-satellites – including the international Disaster Monitoring Constellation.
Keep on moving
Of course, any such list is subjective and many more could have featured within these pages. Get in touch with your Movers & Shakers, the people who influence how we all live in Surrey, on facebook.com/SurreyLife and twitter.com/SurreyLife and maybe you’ll see them included next time round!