CHRIS RYU Founder of the Dorset Tech Cen­tre

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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!

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