CHRIS RYU Founder of the Dorset Tech Centre
If there is a more altruistic person on the planet, I have yet to meet them. Chris Ryu makes Mother Teresa look like Genghis Khan.
Chris, 31, founded the Atom Club – AKA the Dorset Science and Tech Centre – three years ago, the same day that Tim Peake launched into space.
The centre – a converted warehouse in Sturminster Newton – featured a dazzling area of fun, educational activities for children.
There was a home-made planetarium, dinosaur and space zones, as well as robot combat. Over 600 children – more than 60 per cent of them girls – attended this year.
Sadly, due to a lack of funding, the centre has had to close. And Chris – a former car mechanic turned IT entrepreneur – has had to downsize.
His web agency – The Honest Agency – will now be the main event, over and above the rebranded Dorset Tech Centre.
"We will still run activities,”says Chris. "Our Robot Wars will certainly continue."
Chris is an impressive, self-made man. Born in Poole General, his disabled mother brought him up alone after his coach driver father walked out.
That may explain this happily married father-of-two's drive to be a very different man.
"I want to inspire. Science should be fun. I adore children and animals. We have three chickens, a dog, 12 fish, a cat, a parrot, a tree frog, a snake, six stick insects, 50 Madagascan cockroaches, two giant snails and two praying mantis."
There is a still a small glimmer of hope. "To resuscitate the Atom Club, we would need six volunteers and £20,000."
Come on Dorset!