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Creating impact from science

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is one of London’s hidden secrets. Based in South West London, NPL is using science and engineering to save and change lives. From air quality and cancer treatment to robots and driverless cars, the technology is exciting, dynamic and fascinating.  

"If you can measure it you can improve it..."

Anthea Turner visited NPL to see some of our activities and understand how important measurement is. NPL is proud to open its doors and share its stories. 

 

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Time is ticking...

Over time clocks have become more and more accurate. The ticking of time is like the beating of a heart in our society, supporting communication, energy, broadcasting and the financial sector, to name a few. All clocks in the UK can be traced back to NPLTime - we're literally keeping the country on time!

NPL: Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world. 

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 

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