OLD Elean and Patron of King’s Ely, Lord John Browne, chose the Old Palace as the venue for the launch of his latest book, Seven Elements, yesterday (21) evening.

Combining science, the arts, history and politics, Seven Elements explores the ways in which iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon are shaping the 21st century, for good or bad, providing a gripping account of human passion, ingenuity and discovery.

Lord Browne provided a talk about the book and answered questions in the Old Palace Lecture Theatre, which was facilitated by Toppings and Co Booksellers of Ely.

As well as a Patron of King’s Ely, Lord Browne is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chairman of Tate Britain and Fellow of the Royal Society (UK).

“John is a man of astonishing acumen, exquisite taste and occasionally intimidating intelligence,” said Head Sue Freestone.

“What he has achieved in his life is inspiring, and this book pulls together many strands of his professional life and his eclectic personal interests.”

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