Date of release: Monday, November 27, 2017

Peter KyberdThe evolution of the modern artificial limb is the subject of the Christmas lecture at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus on Wednesday 13 December.

Professor Peter Kyberd, Head of Engineering Science, is talking about the technological advancement of artificial limbs and there will be live demonstrations of some of the technology that goes into make a bionic man. The event is part of the Faculty of Engineering & Science public lecture series.

Artificial limbs are some of the oldest medical devices created by mankind. It is an exciting field and Professor Kyberd has a wealth of experience in designing, programming and testing artificial limbs.

"It is an engineering challenge to make limbs that are practical for the wearers; they must be compact, useful and cheap enough to be widely fitted. This is not always easy," he says.

"In recent years our image of artificial limbs has changed from the fearsome hook and peg-leg of the seafarers of old to the modern prosthetic supermen of television and film. We are now able to incorporate more and more of the technology that most of us take for granted into prosthetic limbs."

Professor Kyberd was awarded his PhD for work on prosthetic hands at Southampton University, where he created the world's first microprocessor controlled hand to be used clinically. He later worked at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford where his team fitted the first prosthetic limb to be controlled by a network, the successor to this arm continues to be used today.

The lecture will be held in the Ward Room, Pembroke Building, at 6.30pm and will be followed by light refreshments. The lecture is free of charge but admission is by registration only, please email fes-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk to reserve a place or for further information.

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Picture: Professor Peter Kyberd