Wednesday, 12 February 2014 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This annual lecture will be delivered by , Professor Peter J Dobson OBE (Warwick Manufacturing Group and The Queen’s College Oxford), whose lecture is entitled Nanotechnology and a legacy of Sir Charles Wheatstone.
Sir Charles Wheatstone was a true entrepreneur of his day and was a prolific inventor and an important figure with Sir William Fothergill Cooke in establishing the future telecommunications industry. More importantly, he was an example of a polymath and contributed to many technology sectors from a basis in physics. The modern approach to nanotechnology has revived the legacy of Wheatstone and his contemporaries. This interdisciplinary topic is giving scientists and engineers to opportunities to “cross boundaries” and in doing so to make a real technology change. It is very exciting and rewarding, and from an academic point of view, it is pushing the boundaries of scholarship and offering a better way of contributing to society than pursuing narrow specialisms. The lecture will give examples of the interdisciplinary approach, some drawn from the speaker’s experience, and it will give at least one example of a modern use of the famous “Bridge”!