Creating impact from science from 1900 to 2020
NPL was founded in 1900 for ‘standardising and verifying instruments, for testing materials, and for the determination of physical constants’. We are one of the oldest standardising laboratories in the world and our research work has included all branches of physics, light, electricity and magnetism, radio communication, engineering, metallurgy, aeronautics and ship design. Today, an established world-class centre of excellence, we maintain the UK’s primary standards of measurement, while simultaneously delivering innovations to improve prosperity and quality of life for those living in the UK.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we made our staff and facilities available to support UK industry and society, including working with NHS trusts on ventilator provision, oxygen supply and data processing. The pandemic reminds us of the vital role that metrology plays in supporting global measurement systems and helping society function. As UK industry now turns its attention to recovery, we can provide confidence to companies tackling the problems created by new working practices, supply chain changes and product modifications which can impact compliance.
NPL creates impact from science and engineering using cutting-edge measurement science expertise.
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