2008 Martin Plenio: Taming the quanta
2006 Richard Friend: Plastic fantastic; electronics for the 21st Century. The lecture can be viewed from the Video Library.
2005 Wilson Sibbett: Optical science in the fast lane
2004 Sandu Popescu: What is quantum non-locality?
2003 Chris Toumazou: The bionic man.
2002 Roger Needham: Computer Security?
2001 Allan Snyder: Light guiding light in the new millennium.
2000 Eli Yablonovitch: Electronmagnetic bandgaps, at photonic and radio frequencies.
1999 Andrew Hopper: Progress and research in the communications industry.
1998 Colin Webb: Making light work: applications of high power lasers.
1997 Gareth Parry: From electrons and photons to optoelectronics and photonics.
1996 Martin Wood: Superconductivity: will the dream come true?
1995 Francis Kelly: Modelling communication networks: present and future.
1994 Michael Brady: Seeing machines and robots.
1993 IR Young: Accurate measurement in in vivo magnetic resonance: an engineering problem?
1992 Marcel Garnier: Magnetohydrodynamics in material processing.
1991 David Payne: Circuits, sensors and strands of light.
1990 Maurice Wilkes: Progress and research in the computer industry.
1989 Alan Walter Rudge: The organization and management of R&D in a privatised British Telecom.
1988 Walter Thompson Welford: Microlithography and the ultraviolet: experiments with an excimer laser.
1987 Gareth Gwyn Roberts: At home with science and technology.
1986 Alec Nigel Broers: Fundamental limits to microstructure fabrication.
1985 George William Gray: Liquid crystals: an arena for research and industrial collaboration among chemists, physicists and engineers.
1984 Alexander Lamb Cullen: Microwaves: the art and the science.
1983 John Edwin Midwinter: Optical fibre communications, present and future.
1982 Michael Crowley-Milling: The worlds largest accelerator: the electron-positron collider LEP.
1981 Cyril Hilsum: Electronic displays: the link between man and microcircuit.
1980 Derek Harry Roberts: Memory: its function, technology and impact.
1979 Gordon George Scarrott: From slave to servant: the evolution of computing systems.
1978 Eric Albert Ash: Recent advances in acoustic imaging.
1977 Gordon Hindle Rawcliffe: Induction motors: old and new.
1976 Eric Eastwood: Radar: new techniques and applications.