Tony Turner (scientist)
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|Anthony Peter Francis Turner (Tony Turner)|
Anthony P. F. Turner is Full Professor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics and Head of the Biosensors and Bioelectronics Centre at Linköping University, in Sweden. He is an Emeritus Professor of Cranfield University in England, where he was previously the Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology and Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe. He remains Innovations Director for Cranfield Ventures Ltd, with responsibility for licensing and spin offs from Cranfield University.
In 1996 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which awarded him the Theophilus Redwood Medal in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to analytical science and especially for "his pioneering work which has led to the development of home blood glucose monitoring technology". He received a higher doctorate from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2001 for his "outstanding contribution to biosensors" and was presented with an honorary doctorate for his "contribution to higher education" by Bedfordshire University in 2008. He was made a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering in the USA, in 2006, for his exceptional contribution to "glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules" and elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) in 2013.
He helped found the UK’s first Biotechnology Centre in 1981 at Cranfield University. There he led the Biosensors Group that went on to develop, in collaboration with Oxford University, a biosensor that transformed the lives of people with diabetes. The principle they established, of using a mediator in a disposable electrochemical glucose biosensor, became the technology of choice for this US$13 billion a year industry. He played a major role in consolidating the field of biosensors as an academic discipline by co-founding the Journal of Biosensors (Elsevier) in 1985 (renamed the journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics in 1991), publishing the first textbook on biosensors in 1987 and establishing the World Congress on Biosensors in 1990. His team has been ranked in the top ten in the world for biosensor development by a variety of international commentators.