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.
Mark Welland was born in October 1955 and completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in physics from the University of Leeds in 1979 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in physics from the University of Bristol in 1984.
Welland moved to Cambridge in 1987 and set up the first tunneling microscopy group in the UK in collaboration with John Pethica. Currently at the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge researches into a number of aspects of nanotechnology ranging from sensors for medical applications to understanding and controlling the properties of nanoscale structures and devices.
In a recent award by the UK Research Councils, Welland has been made Director of an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in nanotechnology that, along with a purpose-built facility, represents an investment of $28 million for nanotechnology research at Cambridge. Until 2008, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Institute of Physics journal Nanotechnology, established in 1990, and, along with many other contributions at an International level, co-chairs the recently established Co-operative Research Initiative in Nanotechnology (CORINT) between the UK and Japan with Hiroyuki Sakaki of the University of Tokyo. He is also a Member of Council of the Royal United Services Institute.
He is also on the advisory board of Seraphima Ventures - a venture capital firm focusing mainly on nanotechnology startup companies.
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