Head of Department: Alan Swanson, Head of Mechanical Engineering 1978-1983, FREng, Pro Rector (Educational Quality) of Imperial College


A new MSc in Robotics was launched.


The Polymer Testing Unit and Modal Testing Unit opened, along with the inter-departmental Robotics Centre. 


The Iranian Embassy on Princes Gate was stormed by gunmen in 1980, leading to a six day siege. Imperial buildings offered a very good view of the events, and were in demand from journalists.

The Department's new Robotics laboratory

The Department's new Robotics laboratory

Iranian Embassy siege

Kensington in May 1980, during the Iranian Embassy siege

Photo credits:

Image of Robotics laboratory from the Imperial College London archives

Kensington Gore and Royal Albert Hall, during Siege of Iranian Embassy, May 1980, Ben Brooksbank [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons