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People Professor Ian Walmsley

Principal Investigator, Oxford Martin Programme on Bio-Inspired Quantum Technologies


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Ian Walmsley is Provost of Imperial College, London, Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, a Director of Oxford's NQIT Quantum Hub, and an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Prior to his move to Imperial he was Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh's College.

His research is in the areas of ultrafast optics and quantum optics. He has pioneered the marriage of these fields for applications in quantum technologies, which form part of the critical technology path of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT), of which he is Director, and which is part of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. He is the President of the Optical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, as well as a member of the Board of Oxford University Innovation.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Walmsley was responsible for overseeing the University's research and innovation strategies and policies. He chaired the University's Research and Innovation Committee and was responsible for coordinating the University's relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences.