Harry Bhadeshia FRS, born in 1953 in Kenya, is Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. His research is concerned with the understanding and development of particular crystalline structures in steels, with applications including rail steel (used in the Channel Tunnel) and ‘super bainite’ armour. He emigrated to the UK (London)with his parents in 1970. As a technician in the British Oxygen company, Edmonton, London he completed an Ordinary National Certificate in Sciences at East Ham College of Technology and a degree in Metallurgy at the City of London Polytechnic, 1973-1976. His PhD in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy [DMM], University of Cambridge [UOS] was completed in 1979 and followed by a Science Research Council Fellowship, 1979-1981. Since 1981 he has been an academic scientist in the DMM, UOS.