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Michael Kelly (physicist)

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Michael Joseph Kelly FRS FREng (born 14 May 1949) is a New Zealand-British physicist. He was Prince Philip Professor of Technology in the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2016.


Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Kelly went to Francis Douglas Memorial College in his High-school years, graduating he then went on to study at the Victoria University of Wellington for a BSc and MSc.[1] He came to England in 1971 to study for a PhD at Cambridge under Volker Heine.[citation needed]


After finishing his PhD in 1974, he worked for seven years on the electronic structure of metals and semiconductors as a post-doc researcher. Kelly joined the GEC Hirst Research Centre in 1981, working on the development of microwave devices. From 1992 to 2002 he was Professor of Physics and Electronics at the University of Surrey. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Executive Director of the Cambridge–MIT Institute.[1]

He was Prince Philip Professor of Technology working in the Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science group in the Electrical Engineering division of the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2016.[1][2] He is an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[3]

In 2018 Kelly became trustee of the Renewable Energy Foundation and in 2019 a trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.[4][5][6]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993 and won its Hughes Medal in 2006. He was formerly the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Communities and Local Government.[7] He was elected in 1998 as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[8]

Climatic Research Unit investigation[edit]

In 2010, Kelly was named by the Royal Society and the University of East Anglia to an independent scientific assessment panel to investigate the Climatic Research Unit email controversy.[9] The panel concluded that there was "no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work of the Climatic Research Unit."[10]


  • Low-Dimensional Semiconductors: Materials, Physics, Technology, Devices, Oxford University Press 2002, ISBN 0-19-851780-7


  1. ^ a b c "Professor Michael Kelly - Emeritus Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge". Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Prof M.J. Kelly". Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. 16 October 2010. Archived from the original on 25 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Trinity Hall Review 2020/21". Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. 2021. p. 40. Retrieved 28 November 2022 – via issuu.com.
  4. ^ Horton, Helena (5 April 2022). "Charity linked to UK anti-onshore wind campaigns active again". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  5. ^ "The Renewable Energy Foundation". Charity Commission. Charity no. 1107360. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  6. ^ "The Global Warming Policy Foundation". Charity Commission. Charity no. 1131448. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  7. ^ House of Commons, Minutes of Evidence, HC 1194-i (2008)
  8. ^ "List of Fellows". Royal Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020.
  9. ^ CRU Scientific Assessment Panel announced 22 Mar 2010
  10. ^ Oxburgh, Ron; Huw Davies; Kerry Emanuel; Lisa Graumlich; David Hand; Herbert Huppert; Michael Kelly (14 April 2010). "Report of the International Panel set up by the University of East Anglia to examine the research of the Climatic Research Unit" (PDF). University of East Anglia. Retrieved 27 April 2010. Submitted to the University 12 April 2010, with Addendum to report, 19 April 2010

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