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Annual Review 2020

People 2018/19

Exceptional people doing extraordinary science

Celebrating success

The Honours

Helen Margolis, Head of Time and Frequency at NPL, has been awarded an MBE for her services to metrology in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019. Her area of research expertise is optical frequency metrology using femtosecond combs, part of NPL’s research programme to develop a new generation of high accuracy optical atomic clocks based on laser-cooled trapped ions and atoms.

Andrew Hanson, NPL’s Outreach manager, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019, for his services to STEM education. Andrew has inspired hundreds of thousands of children and helped thousands of teachers and parents to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education accessible, interesting and exciting.

Martin Seah, Emeritus Senior Fellow in Surface & Nanoanalysis at NPL, was awarded an MBE for services to Measurement Science in the New Year’s Honours List 2018. Martin's research in to X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) has been the basis of the UK becoming a world leader in XPS instrumentation.

Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering

The following member of staff were elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering:

Peter Thompson, NPL’s Chief Executive Officer, has been recognised for his exceptional ability to nurture and lead world-class organisations, developing science and engineering that meets strategic national priorities in social, economic, defence and security applications.

Graham Machin, NPL Fellow in Temperature Measurement, is internationally recognised as a world-leading expert in temperature measurement and its application. In his 30-year career he has led many thermometry innovations, particularly at high temperatures, in harsh environments, and made many improvements in SI temperature realisation and dissemination.

Gareth Hinds, NPL Fellow in Electrochemistry is an outstanding multi-disciplined scientist who has pioneered the development of advanced in situ diagnostic techniques and standard test methods for assessment of corrosion and material degradation in energy applications.

NPL Board member to become President of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, and NPLML Board member, has been confirmed as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering following a vote by Fellows at the Academy’s AGM. Sir Jim, who is the Academy’s first Scottish President, will serve a term of five years.

New NPL Fellows

NPL Fellowship is a recognition of individual merit awarded to scientists who are making very significant contributions to NPL's scientific achievement and standing.

Josephine Bunch has been appointed an NPL Fellow in the field of Biomolecular Analysis, in recognition of her ground-breaking work in the fields of mass spectrometry and tissue imaging, and her inspirational scientific leadership at NPL and in the international community.

Olga Kazakova has been appointed an NPL Fellow in the field of Quantum Materials and Sensors, for her profound research experience in nanotechnology, materials science, graphene & 2D materials, spintronics, development of novel sensors. 

Paul Brewer was appointed for his role in Chemical Metrology. His Fellowship is in recognition of his innovative and revolutionary scientific advances in atmospheric chemistry, air pollution monitoring and the quality assurance of emerging fuels and his inspirational scientific leadership.

Perdi Williams selected as one of the UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2019, NPL’s Research Scientist, Perdi Williams, has been selected as one of the UK’s Top 50 Women in Engineering. Perdi Williams was nominated for the impact she has created in her work on helping to redefine the kilogram. She has been a central player in NPL’s outreach events, explaining the redefinition of the kilogram and encouraging young people into science and engineering.

NPL honoured with Sir George Earle Trophy at RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

NPL won the Sir George Earle Trophy at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards 2018. NPL was recognised for its strength of health and safety management capability and how health, safety and wellbeing are embedded in the organisation's culture. NPL was also awarded the Research and Development Sector award, which recognises outstanding performance in health and safety, robust and high-quality safety management system, together with a minimum of four years' consistently excellent or continuously improving health and safety performance.

President of the CIPM Consultative Committee on Ionizing Radiation

Martyn SenĂ©, NPL’s Deputy CEO has been elected as President of the Consultative Committee on Ionizing Radiation (CCRI). The work of the CCRI benefits end-users of ionizing radiation, including: operators of the 450 nuclear power stations that produce 10% of the world’s electricity; and the people who deliver and receive the four billion diagnostic X-rays procedures each year.

Annual Review 2020


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