National Physical Laboratory

Dr Brian Bowsher

Brian Bowsher

Brian gained his PhD in 1981 on Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Southampton. He has written approximately 200 publications, mostly on materials, chemistry and nuclear fuels issues.

He started off his career in nuclear technology, working in the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and AEA Technology, managing various nuclear safety research programmes, including major projects in the USA and EU.

Brian joined the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in 2002 to head the Materials Science Division. In 2003, he joined the AWE plc Board as Director of Research and Applied Science responsible for the scientific and engineering research capability within AWE. In 2007, Brian became the Director of Systems Engineering (DSE) and was also the Executive sponsor for the corporate introduction of Lean/Six Sigma and system engineering processes.

Brian was appointed Managing Director of NPL at the beginning of March 2009.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Scientist and Chemist, and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a member of the Comité international des poids et mesures (CIPM), the world-wide authority charged with promoting uniformity in measurement.

In May 2013, Brian was appointed by the Minister for Universities and Science to the Council of the Science & Technology Facilities Council.

Brian retired in June 2015.

Last Updated: 2 Sep 2015
Created: 3 Feb 2011


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