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Top Gear presenter visits ECS Computing Lab

Published: 12 January 2010

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond took time out from filming in the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre (SNC) to visit the School's Computing Lab.

Hundreds of students were in the Lab last Friday (8 January) waiting to see Richard Hammond, and the scale and warmth of his welcome can be seen in this video on YouTube. The presenter was visiting the School of Electronics and Computer Science to film sequences for a new BBC/Discovery Channel series, called "Invisible Worlds", which is scheduled to be aired in March. He filmed in the SNC clean room with Professor Darren Bagnall, Dr Harold Chong, Dr Nic Green, and Dr Stuart Boden, demonstrating the incredible power and precision of the SNC equipment which can etch features in silicon at a scale of 5nm.

While he was visiting the Computing Lab he was presented with an ECSS hoodie by the student committee of the Electronics and Computer Science Society (ECSS). Further pictures are available on the School's web site (ECS login only).

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