Keith Mason (scientist)

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Keith Mason giving a talk in October 2007

Keith Mason (born 19 April 1951) was, until 1 November 2011, the Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) of the United Kingdom.[1] He assumed the post on 1 April 2007 after the merger of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) and the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), having previously been chief executive of PPARC.

Early life[edit]

He attended Ysgol John Bright, the John Bright Grammar School. After a farming childhood on the Llyn Peninsula, Mason initially trained as an astronomer, studying for a BSc and PhD in Physics at University College London,[2] and was a candidate astronaut.[citation needed]


He subsequently worked on X-ray astronomy at UC Berkeley before returning to the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory, eventually becoming a professor at UCL and director of the Mullard Laboratory in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ "STFC Council members - Professor Keith Mason". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b Linda Nordling (2006-01-24). "Keith Mason: It is rocket science, and it matters". The Guardian. 
Government offices
Preceded by
New organisation
Chief Executive of STFC
April 2007 - October 2011
Succeeded by
John Womersley
Preceded by
Chief Executive of PPARC
- March 2007
Succeeded by
Defunct organisation