Professor David Delpy

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Job title: Chair
Organisation: Defence Scientific Advisory Council
Tags: Advisor, SATs and other advisory groups
Related theme: Quantum technologies


Professor David Delpy is the Chair of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme Strategic Advisory Board.He is a world-renowned researcher specialising in the development of techniques for the physiological monitoring of patients and especially the imaging of neonatal brain function.

He is one of only a handful of UK researchers to be appointed as a Fellow to the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He spent most of his academic career at University College London (UCL) where in his research he worked closely with many companies who have marketed the devices developed by him and his team. Most notably, he collaborated for more than twenty years with Hamamatsu Photonics, who have developed market-leading infrared spectroscopy monitoring and imaging technology based on his work.

At UCL, Professor Delpy was Head of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering from 1992-1999 and Vice-Provost for Research from 1999-2007. From 2007-2014 he was Chief Executive of the EPSRC. He is now Chair of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council.