Professor Lord (Alec) Broers is the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and was President of Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Diamond Light Source, which is the UK’s largest new science facility to be commissioned in the last 30 years. He worked in the research & development labs of IBM in the USA for nineteen years, becoming an IBM Fellow. His personal research concerned electron microscopes and the fabrication of nanoelectronic devices. He has served on the boards of several high technology companies and his publications include the Triumph of Technology, based on his Reith Lectures in 2005.