Brian Cantor

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Brian Cantor CBE FREng [1] (born 11 January 1948) has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford since October 2013.[2] Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of York from 2002 to 2013, and prior to this he was Head of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.[3]. In September 2018 it was announced that Professor Cantor is to step down as VC at the end of the 2018/19 academic year [4]

He is acknowledged as a world authority on materials manufacturing[5] and is a former Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[1][6] In taking up the position in Bradford, he replaced Mark Cleary.[7]


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 the Kobe Institute, the UK Universities Pensions Forum,[8] the White Rose University Consortium,[9] Yorkshire Innovation, Leeds, York and Bradford Economic Partnerships,[10] the Chambers of Commerce,[11] the National Science Learning Centre, the Centre for Low Carbon Futures,[12] Science City York,[13] the Worldwide Universities Network,[14] the UK College of Business and Computing, The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and the Science Museum Group. He founded the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford and led the £1bn Heslington East campus development at York.[15]

Cantor was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to higher education.[16]


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 is well known for inventing the field of high entropy alloys. 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, received over 7,500 citations with an h-index over 40, and is on the list of ISI List of Most Cited Researchers.[17] He was awarded the Rosenhain and Platinum[18] Medals of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

He is an Honorary Professor at Shenyang, Zhejiang and Nanjing[19] Universities, the National Institute of Metals in China and the Indian Institute of Sciences, an Honorary Member of the Indian Institute of Metals,[20] a Member of Academia Europaea,[21] 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.[1] He is a member of the Scientific Council at the IMDEA Materials Institute in Madrid.


  1. ^ a b c "List of Fellows".
  2. ^ "Announcement of the new vice-chancellor". University of Bradford. Archived from the original on 29 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Brian Cantor joins Bradford". Times Higher Education.
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  5. ^ "Brian Cantor". Debrett's People of Today.
  6. ^ "About Brian Cantor". University of Bradford. 5 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Professor Brian Cantor appointed as our new Vice-Chancellor". 24 April 2013. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013.
  8. ^ "EPF appoints a new Chair". 7 December 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012.
  9. ^ "White Rose Consortium Executive Board". 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 22 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Leeds and York Economic Partnership". 31 January 2011.
  11. ^ "The Chamber, Leeds, York and North Yorkshire". 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Centre for Low Carbon Futures". 2 October 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Board of Science City York". 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  14. ^ "Worldwide Universities Network". 8 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Heslington East Campus Expansion". 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2010.
  16. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 7.
  17. ^ "Brian Cantor - ISI Entry". 8 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Brian Cantor - Platinum Medal IoM". 8 September 2011.
  19. ^ "York strengthens academic links with China". 1 April 2008.
  20. ^ "Indian Honour for York's Vice-Chancellor". 15 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Academy of Europe entry". 8 September 2011.

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