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Alec Broers

Alec Broers

The Lord Broers FREng FRS


Elected: 1986


Alec Broers is an engineer whose pioneering work on small-scale manufacturing has had a lasting influence on the field of nanotechnology. His many significant contributions include the use of scanning electron microscopy to assist with the manufacture of miniature electronic circuits, which are now an integral part of modern consumer electronics.

A powerful advocate for greater collaboration between science and engineering, Alec has served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge as well as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He continues to serve as Chair of the Cambridge Graphene Centre Advisory Board, and has a wide-ranging interest in the commercial development of technology.

In 2004, Alec was appointed Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, and in 2008 became the Chairman of the Diamond Light Source. After receiving a knighthood in 1998, he was made a life peer in recognition of his continued contribution to engineering and higher education.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Other
    • Science policy
  • Engineering
    • Instrumentation, Engineering, electronics


Nanotechnology, Scanning electron microscopes, Electronic circuits, Conventional transmission electron microscopy


  • Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture

    On 'Fundamental limits to microstructure fabrication'.

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