National Physical Laboratory

Dr Peter Thompson FREng, CEO of NPL, appointed as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

The National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) CEO, Dr Peter Thompson, has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Peter Thompson FREng, CEO of NPL

The Fellowship recognises outstanding contribution to the engineering industry and represents the highest calibre of researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and industry leaders across the UK. Peter joins Paul Shore FREng, NPL Head of Engineering, and Alan Turnbull OBE FRS FREng, NPL Senior Fellow, as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In particular, Peter has been recognised for his exceptional ability to nurture and lead world-class organisations, developing science and engineering that meet strategic national priorities in social, economic, defence and security applications.

He has also been recognised for his role in building crucial international partnerships and innovatively-applied combined resources to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront for the longer term, whilst also responding to near-term priorities.

On discussing his appointment, Peter said: "I am delighted to join the Royal Academy of Engineering and to help further in their fantastic work promoting the role and increasing the impact of engineering in all walks of life. I have always been driven by the way engineering brings ideas to life, shaping the future and making a difference to society. Engineering is a major contributor to gross domestic product, employment and exports and there's probably never been a better time to get involved.

"At NPL we train engineers, from apprentice to postgraduate, recognising the vital role that engineering plays in delivering outcomes for our customers. Our world-class engineers and scientists work collaboratively with National Measurement Institutes across the globe, our strategic and academic partners and a wide range of colleagues in industry to provide the underpinning measurement capability for UK prosperity and quality of life."

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: "I am delighted to welcome all our new Fellows to the Academy – together they epitomise the very best of UK engineering. Representing the country's most innovative and creative minds from both academia and industry, the achievements of our new Fellows highlight the critical role engineering has in addressing major societal challenges and ensuring our readiness for the future. We are very much looking forward to working with them as we continue to fulfil our vision of engineering at the heart of a sustainable and prosperous society."

The Fellowships are awarded by invitation only and are offered each year to a select number of candidates. This year, Dr Thompson joins 49 other leading engineers from the UK and around the world who have also been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

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Last Updated: 9 Oct 2018
Created: 9 Oct 2018

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