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Cambridge Consultants
Cambridge Consultants
Founded1960; 60 years ago (1960)
HeadquartersCambridge, UK; Boston, MA, USA; Singapore; Tokyo
ServicesProduct Developers and Technology Consultants
Number of employees

Cambridge Consultants is a global product development and technology consultancy firm providing outsourced research and development services. It has been described as the third significant factor in the creation of Silicon Fen (after the invention of EDSAC and the discovery of DNA.[1]) and as "The firm behind the future"[2]


Cambridge Consultants was founded in 1960 by three Cambridge University graduates - Tim Eiloart, Rodney Dale, and David Southward - to "put the brains of Cambridge University at the disposal of the problems of British industry".[3]

Initially, the company was privately run. In 1971, it became part of Arthur D. Little (ADL), an American management consultancy firm.[4] In 2002, following ADL's process through Chapter 11, Cambridge Consultants management team acquired the company with the backing of Altran, a global innovation and engineering consulting firm.[5]

In 2020, Altran itself was procured by Capgemini,[6] henceforth Cambridge Consultants also came under the ownership of the French consultancy conglomerate.

Notable spin-outs

Cambridge Consultants has been described as the founder of the Cambridge Cluster[7] and has spun out more than $1bn companies including:


Technology innovations include a drone delivery service.,[8][9] a suite of machine learning solutions[buzzword],[10] fitness enhancing clothing,[11] and holographic radar[12]


  1. ^ They call it Silicon Fen. So what is the special draw of Cambridge? at Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Cambridge Consultants: The Firm Behind The Future? at Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ About Us at Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  4. ^ Cambridge Consultants Ltd Overview at Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ Arthur D. Little Consulting Firm Auctioned Off at Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Subscribe to read | Financial Times". Retrieved .
  7. ^ Great Debt Owed to Cambridge Consultants at Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  8. ^ Need emergency medicine, better phone drone: Cambridge firm unveils new breakthrough at Retrieved 9 Sep 2018.
  9. ^ This intriguing drone concept drops packages straight into your hands at Retrieved 9 Sep 2018.
  10. ^ AI researcher Monty Barlow teachers a computer to figure out American accents at Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  11. ^ Your next smart shirt will make you look like an extra from 'Tron' at Retrieved 9 Sep 2018.
  12. ^ Holographic radar tracks 1,000 mph shells at Retrieved 9 September 2018.

Further reading

  • Dale, Rodney (1979) From Ram Yard to Milton Hilton: A History of Cambridge Consultants Ltd, 1960-1979, 36 pp. Cambridge: Cambridge Consultants Ltd
  • Dale, Rodney (2010) From Ram Yard to Milton Hilton: Cambridge Consultants - the early years, 120 pp. Haddenham, Cambridgeshire: Fern House Publishing, ISBN 978-1-902702-24-7

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