Hugh Spikes graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1968 and obtained his PhD for research in Tribology from Imperial College in 1972. He is currently Emeritus Professor in the Tribology Group, Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London. Professor Spikes is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and also of the Society of STLE and ASME. He has been involved in research in tribology for over forty years and has received a number of recognitions for his research achievements including the ASME Mayo D Hersey Award and the STLE International Award. In 2004 he was awarded the Tribology Trust Tribology Gold Medal, the highest international honour in Tribology. Ten of his research publications have received best paper awards, from STLE, IMechE and ASME. Professor Spikes’ research interests span a wide range of liquid lubrication research, including hydrodynamic, elastohydrodynamic and boundary lubrication. A particular interest has been thin film lubrication and the influence of lubricant composition on the film-forming properties of lubricants and thus on friction and wear performance.