Professor Steve Cowley is the Acting Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and President of Corpus Christi College.
Professor Steve Cowley was appointed Acting Director of the Oxford Martin School on 19 June 2017. An international authority on nuclear fusion, Professor Cowley is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and has recently completed two terms as a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.
A former student of Corpus Christi, and the first scientist to hold the post of President there, Professor Cowley has taught physics at Princeton, where he received his PhD, and at UCLA and Imperial College London. From 2009 to 2016 he was Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). He has a lifelong interest in realising fusion power, and his other research interests include the origin of magnetic fields in the universe and explosive events in astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. In 2012 he was awarded the Glazebrook Medal by The Institute of Physics.