Since joining NPL in 1973, Alan Turnbull has produced over 250 publications on environment induced cracking of metals and of thermoplastics, on localised corrosion, and on modelling of corrosion processes, and has been the principal author of ten international standards.
He is a recipient of the T P Hoar Prize (twice) from the Institute of Corrosion; the Bengough Prize and Medal from the Institute of Materials; a Technical Achievement Award from NACE International; the Cavallaro Medal from the European Federation of Corrosion; the U R Evans Award from the Institute of Corrosion; the Whitney Award from NACE International; and the Alex Hough-Grassby Award from the Institute of Measurement and Control.
Alan was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013. In 2016, he was awarded the OBE for services to science and industry.
Alan's work has led to the establishment of new areas of science at NPL, including fuel cells, excitonic photovoltaics, and nano-scale electrochemistry and catalysis.