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Published: 13 August 2020

Surrey Professor awarded first NPL Fellowship in Nuclear and Radiation Science and Metrology

Professor Patrick Regan from the University of Surrey has been named the National Physical Laboratory’s (NPL) first Fellow in Nuclear and Radiation Science and Metrology.

The NPL Fellowship is a recognition of individual merit awarded to scientists who are making significant contributions to NPL’s scientific achievement and standing. Professor Regan is being acknowledged for his scientific leadership in the field of nuclear and radiation physics and its applications to both fundamental and applied measurement problems.

In 2013, Professor Regan took up the UK’s first Professorship in Nuclear Metrology, a joint appointment between the University of Surrey and NPL. His team has led research into complex data analysis and calibration techniques for nuclear structure science and the related provision of standards and reference materials for applications in the energy, environment and health sectors.

The impact from these research contributions crosses over areas from ‘big science questions’, such as understanding the nature of nuclear matter and nucleosynthesis of the elements formed in stellar interiors, to applications such as nuclear forensics, power generation and waste management, and nuclear medicine.

Professor Patrick Regan said: “I am delighted that our research work has been formally recognised by the award of the NPL Fellowship. The Fellowship is an indicator of the very successful and genuine collaborative work between scientists at NPL, academic colleagues at the University of Surrey, and some quite outstanding physics Masters and Doctoral research students who have all worked together with the NPL Nuclear Metrology Group over the last decade.”

Professor David Sampson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, at the University of Surrey, said: “I would like to extend my and the University of Surrey’s heartfelt congratulations to Professor Regan on this quite rare and prestigious Fellowship. Supported by our strategic partnership, NPL has become a global icon of real-world metrology over the last five years. Paddy’s transformational work at NPL is an exemplar of that and shows the value of our organisations’ close collaboration over the years. Long may it continue.”

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