Published: 02 July 2014

University of Malaya honours Surrey Professor

Professor of radiation and medical physics David Bradley has been named an Academic Icon by the University of Malaya.

The first academic from Surrey to be given the accolade, Professor Bradley joins an elite group of scientists with international standing in their fields of research for his year-long tenure. The Academic Icons are selected in part on the basis of an h-index (an index that measures the productivity and impact of scientists’ published work) of around 25 or more.

The Academic Icon programme is part of a drive to make the University of Malaya (UM) a world-class centre of research and learning. Through the programme, internationally established academics work with Highly Cited Researchers and UM academic staff to guide high impact research and publish in top-tier journals, while nurturing the next generation of skilled graduates. They also enable the University to enhance its international links and build strong relationships with universities around the world.

"It’s a great honour and privilege to be invited to be an Academic Icon"

- Professor Bradley

Professor Bradley’s appointment follows on from his longstanding relationship with the UM which began with a stint as a lecturer from 1978 to 1981.

In his role as an Academic Icon, Professor Bradley will help lead a research project on the use of optical fibres as monitors of radiation. A collaboration between seven universities – six from Malaysia along with the University of Surrey – this £1 million project is part of the UM’s High Impact Research (HIR) programme which focuses on fundamental research to generate new knowledge. The HIR programme is being backed by funding of around £114 million from the Malaysian government’s Ministry of Higher Education in recognition of the UM’s status as the premier research institution in Malaysia.

As an Academic Icon, Professor Bradley – who until recently was the Course Director of Surrey’s MSc in Medical Physics – will also help supervise three PhD students and four MSc students at the UM, and deliver a series of lectures to the group.

Professor Bradley commented, “It’s a great honour and privilege to be invited to be an Academic Icon in the University of Malaya’s High Impact Research programme, and I have also welcomed the opportunity to re-engage with the University where I first started out in my career as a lecturer.”

Professor Bradley has over 35 years’ experience in the field of radiation and medical physics, during which time he has published more than 300 papers. His active research interests include the fundamentals and applications of photon scattering, and radiological risks associated with Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). Professor Bradley has also been Secretary of the International Radiation Physics Society (IRPS) and Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journals ‘Applied Radiation and Isotopes’ and ‘Radiation Physics and Chemistry’. Currently he is the Honorary Editor (Scientific) of the British Journal of Radiology, the longest-standing journal of its type.


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