In my generation all education was free, whereas now you have to pay for everything. You should always put something back, particularly in this day and age, so I started sponsoring undergraduates at Cambridge. I gave money to the senior tutors and the librarians so they could provide students with the best possible facilities.
You see so many bright young people who have to pass up the opportunity to study at somewhere like Cambridge because they simply can’t afford to go there, so I wanted that money to be used in order to provide the students with the support needed to study there.
When I went back to visit the college after I retired I noticed that the facilities in the library were the same as when I left over 40 years before. So I wanted to give money to the library to make everything a bit more modern. I want to make sure the new generations have all the same opportunities as I had, and I hope I can inspire them to become the next batch of great inventors.
Hear more about Cambridge in this BBC Radio 4 interview with Libby Purves that ran recently. Just click on the link below.