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The Chief Scientific Adviser
to the UK's Ministry of Defence
The Ministry of Defence is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces....
is responsible for providing strategic management of science and technology issues in the MoD, most directly through the MoD research budget of well over £1 billion, and sits as a full member of the Defence Management Board and the Defence Council
The Defence Council of the United Kingdom is the body legally entrusted with the defence of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories and with control over the British armed forces, and is part of the Ministry of Defence.-Functions:...
, the two most senior management boards within the MoD.
List of MoD Chief Scientific Advisers
- Sir Henry Tizard
Sir Henry Thomas Tizard FRS was an English chemist and inventor and past Rector of Imperial College....
, 1948 - 1952
- Sir John Cockcroft
Sir John Douglas Cockcroft OM KCB CBE FRS was a British physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for splitting the atomic nucleus with Ernest Walton, and was instrumental in the development of nuclear power....
, 1952 - 1954
- Sir Frederick Brundrett, 1954 - 1960
- Sir Solly Zuckerman
Solly Zuckerman, Baron Zuckerman, OM, KCB, FRS was a British public servant, zoologist, and scientific advisor who is best remembered as an advisor to the Allies on bombing strategy in World War II, for his work to advance the cause of nuclear non-proliferation, and for his role in bringing...
, 1960 - 1965
- Sir Alan Cottrell
Sir Alan Howard Cottrell, FRS is a British metallurgist and physicist. He received his BSc degree from the University of Birmingham in 1939 and a PhD for research on welding in 1942. He joined the staff as a lecturer at Birmingham, being made professor in 1949, and transforming the teaching of...
, 1966 - 1967
- Sir William Cook, 1966 - 1970
- Sir Hermann Bondi
Sir Hermann Bondi, KCB, FRS was an Anglo-Austrian mathematician and cosmologist. He is best known for developing the steady-state theory of the universe with Fred Hoyle and Thomas Gold as an alternative to the Big Bang theory, but his most lasting legacy will probably be his important...
, 1971 - 1977
- Sir Ronald Mason, 1977 - 1983
- Sir Richard Oswald Chandler Norman, 1983 - 1988
- Sir Ronald Oxburgh, 1988 - 1993
- Sir David Davies
David Evan Naunton Davies, known as Den Davies or David 'DEN' Davies, is a British electrical engineer and educator.1985-1988: Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London , and holder of the Pender Chair, having already been lecturing there, in...
, 1993 - 1999
- Sir Keith O'Nions
Sir Robert Keith O'Nions , is a British scientist and current Rector of the Imperial College London. He is the former Director General of the Research Councils as well as Professor of the Physics and Chemistry of Minerals and was head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of...
, 2000 - 2004
- Sir Roy Anderson
Sir Roy Malcolm Anderson FRS is a leading British expert on epidemiology. He has mathematically modelled the spread of diseases such as new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and AIDS...
, 2004 - 2008
- Sir Mark Welland
Sir Mark Edward Welland FRS FREng, is a professor and the head of the Cambridge University Nanoscience Centre. He started his career in nanotechnology at IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, U.S., where he was part of the team that developed one of the first scanning tunneling microscopes.Having...
, 2008 - present