Sir Colin Humphreys delivers Finniston Lecture

27 Nov 2012
Colin Humphreys with Jan Lewis

On 31 October, the Institute welcomed Professor Sir Colin Humphreys to present the Finniston Lecture.

The Lecture was inaugurated in 1992 and is held every two years in memory of Sir Harold Montague (Monty) Finniston, a British industrialist who helped produce the Finniston Report, a Government initiative to evaluate the British engineering industry.

Sir Colin Humphreys is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the Department of Materials at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Sir Colin was President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining froim 2002-2003.

Sir Colin’s lecture, Exploiting Materials Research – A Case Study in Gallium Nitride LEDs, and What Monty Finniston Might be Saying Today, gave a case study on materials for LEDs, which were invented 50 years ago this year.

Following the lecture, Sir Colin was presented with his past-president's medal by the Institute’s current President, Jan Lewis.