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Alec Broers
Member, Board of Advisors

Professor Sir Alec Broers became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1996. He was Head of the Department of Engineering at Cambridge until April 1996, and had been Master of Churchill College since 1990. Educated at Melbourne University and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he obtained a BSc in Physics and Electronics at Melbourne University, and BA (Mechanical Sciences), PhD and ScD degrees in Electrical Engineering at Cambridge. Knighted in New Year's Honours 1998. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire in 2000. After completing his PhD in 1965, he spent almost twenty years working for IBM in the USA, first at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Centre in New York, then in the East Fishkill Development Laboratory and finally at Corporate Headquarters. He was appointed an IBM Fellow and served on IBM's Corporate Technical Committee. After leaving the company, he became a member of its Science Advisory Committee.

Professor Sir Alec Broers returned to Cambridge University in 1984 when he was elected Professor of Electrical Engineering and Fellow of Trinity College (1985) and subsequently Master of Churchill College and Head of the University Engineering Department. He is now an Honorary Fellow of both Gonville & Caius and Trinity Colleges.In his personal research he has worked on the application of electrons, X-rays and ultra-violet light to microscopy, and to the fabrication of microelectronic components. In Cambridge, he established a Nanofabrication laboratory in which the technology of miniaturisation was extended to the atomic scale.

Over the last few years, Professor Sir Alec Broers has served on numerous British Government, EEC, and NATO committees including the UK Engineering and Physics Science and Research Council (EPSRC), the Cabinet Office Foresight Panel on Information Technology and the NATO Special Panel on Nanoscience. He has recently been a member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was elected President for the year 2001-2. He also serves on the Council for Science and Technology and on the Board of Vodafone AirTouch Plc.Professor Sir Alec Broers has obtained a number of awards and prizes, including the American Institute of Physics Prize for Industrial Applications of Science and the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Physics, and is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering.