Lord Broers FREng FRS DL
Honorary Doctorate - 2008
Lord Broers is a distinguished engineer who spent his research career working on the use of electrons, x-rays and light optical systems for microscopy and for the fabrication of microelectronic components.
He grew up in Australia and studied physics at Melbourne University before moving to Cambridge where he completed a PhD in engineering. He then worked in the research and development laboratories of IBM in the USA for twenty years where his research concentrated on the miniaturisation of electronics. He became an IBM Fellow and ultimately held responsibility for the advanced development of chip technologies.
When he arrived back in Cambridge as Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1984 he set up a nanofabrication laboratory and extended the technology of miniaturisation to the atomic scale. He subsequently became Head of the Department of Engineering and Master of Churchill College before becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University for seven years.
He was a Director of Vodafone for nine years and has served on the Boards of several high technology start-up companies. He was knighted in 1998 and became President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000. He was made a Life Peer for his contributions to engineering and higher education in 2004 and was Chairman of the House of Lord Select Committee for Science and Technology from 2004 until 2007.