(Cross-posted from the Corporate Blog)
It wasn’t called Spirent back then, but it’s the same company that was founded 66 years ago. There wasn’t much IP networks back then, but we were already in the high-end of hot technologies of the time. This is an email we got yesterday with a little bit of history:
Seventy six years ago today, Jack Bowthorpe founded a company that we all know today as Spirent Communications. Bowthorpe started Goodliffe Electric Supplies, at No. 8 Eagle St., London, with capital provided by his brother’s father-in-law and his two sons—the Goodliffe family. Soon thereafter, he hired his first employee, Raymond A. Parsons, who after Bowthorpe’s death in 1978 would serve as chairman until 1991.
The Company began by making and selling power line fittings and mechanical timers. Eighteen months after starting the Company, Bowthorpe bought out the Goodliffes, founding Bowthorpe Electric Ltd. At the same time, he went into business with Paul Hellermann, who had invented a new method for insulating electrical wiring. Not long after, the Second World War broke out, bringing unprecedented demand for wiring. Bowthorpe and his team developed the first technique for producing labeled wires, by ironing decals onto the insulation.
And the rest, as they say, is history as Spirent continues to build on its strong tradition of innovation.