Brian Cantor

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Brian Cantor CBE (born 11 January 1948) has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford since October 2013.[1] Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of York from 2002 to 2013.[2] He is acknowledged as a world authority on materials manufacturing[3] and is a former Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[4] In taking up the position in Bradford, he replaced Professor Mark Cleary.[5]

Cantor studied at Manchester Grammar School and Christ's College, Cambridge. He has worked at universities including Sussex, Oxford and York, and for companies including Alcan, Elsevier, General Electric and Rolls-Royce. He has advised organisations such as the UK Treasury, EPSRC, NASA, the EU and the Dutch, Spanish and German governments. He was a member of the Sainsbury review of UK science and innovation. He has chaired and been on the board of many companies and agencies, including Isis Innovation, the Kobe Institute, the UK Universities Pensions Forum,[6] the White Rose University Consortium,[7] Yorkshire Innovation, Leeds and York Economic Partnerships,[8] the Chambers of Commerce,[9] the National Science Learning Centre, the Centre for Low Carbon Futures,[10] Science City York[11] and the Worldwide Universities Network.[12] He founded the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford and led the £1bn Heslington East campus development at York.[13]

Cantor was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to higher education.[14]


Cantor's research has investigated the manufacture of materials and has contributed to fundamental scientific advances as well as improvements in many industrial products. He has supervised over 130 research students and postdocs, published over 300 papers and books, given over 100 invited talks in more than 15 countries, and is on the ISI List of Most Cited Researchers.[15] He was awarded the Rosenhain and Platinum[16] Medals of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is an Honorary Professor at Shenyang, Zhejiang and Nanjing[17] Universities, an Honorary Member of the Indian Institute of Metals,[18] a Member of Academia Europaea[19] and the World Technology Network, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Institute of Physics, the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the Scientific Council at the IMDEA Materials Institute.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Mark Cleary
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Professor Sir Ron Cooke
Vice-Chancellor, University of York
Succeeded by
Professor Koen Lamberts