The George Eastman Visiting Professorship is a distinguished Chair appointed annually to a citizen of the United States who is deemed to be of great eminence in teaching or research in any field of study at the University of Oxford. Prof. Roy will hold the Eastman Chair during the academic year 2006-2007. The award stipulates that the awardee will deliver 24 lectures during the year (s)he holds the position. The award is through Oxford’s Balliol College and is administered by the Rhodes Trust. Prior Eastman Professors include Deans, Distinguished Faculty Chairholders, a Justice of the US Supreme court, and 12 Nobel Prize winners. Prof. Roy will be the first engineer to hold this post in the 75-year history of this prestigious award.