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May 19th, 2007
Profile | Lord Alec Broers, honorary degree recipient
Lord Alec Broers is a true child of globalization. Born in India and educated in Australia and England, he spent nearly 20 years doing key research for IBM in America.
Now he is a member of the British House of Lords, where he serves as the chairman of the Science and Technology Committee.
Throughout his long career as a researcher, academic and, now, as a politician, Lord Broers has become one of the most respected electrical engineers of his time. He received a degree in physics from Melbourne University and a degree in electrical sciences from Cambridge University. He is a "world class engineer," University President Lawrence Bacow said in an e-mail to the Daily.
After researching for IBM during a key period of computer development, he became a professor of electrical engineering and began a nanofabrication laboratory, where he used a scanning electron microscope to create electrical parts at the atomic scale.
He is considered a pioneer of nanotechnology. Since his success as a researcher, he now serves on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Foresight Panel on Information Technology and the NATO Special Panel on Nanoscience.
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