Brian Bowsher

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Brian Robert Bowsher FRSC FInstP (born 12 July 1957) is a British chemist, and the Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) since November 2016.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Birmingham. He attended Handsworth Grammar School then Fosters Grammar School (now Foster's School) in Dorset. From the University of Southampton he gained a BSc in Chemistry in 1978 then a PhD in 1981.


He was Managing Director of the National Physical Laboratory from 2009 to 2015.[1] From 2002-09 he had various division-head and director roles at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Personal life[edit]

He married Sally Smith in 1987 and they have one son. He lives in Wareham, Dorset.


  • ‘BOWSHER, Brian Robert’, Who's Who 2011, A & C Black, 2011; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2010 ; online edn, Oct 2010 accessed 28 July 2011
  • NPL

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Government offices
Preceded by
John Womersley
Chief Executive of STFC
November 2016 -
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Managing Director of the National Physical Laboratory
2009 - 2015
Succeeded by