Good evening, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to the 16th Glossop Lecture, which will be given tonight by Tony Waltham.

I am particularly pleased that Tony should have the honour of receiving the Glossop Medal during my term as President. I first heard him speak when I was a teenager in Nottingham. I might well not have been where I am today if it hadn’t been for Tony, as he was one of the people who influenced me when I was at school deciding what to study at university.

Tony Waltham left Imperial College in 1968, with a first degree...

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