Michael Kelly (physicist)

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Michael Joseph Kelly FRS FREng[1] (born 14 May 1949) is a New Zealand-British physicist. He is Professor of Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science in the Division of Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge.[2] 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.[3] He was elected in 1998 as a Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[5]


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. He came to England in 1971 to study for a PhD at Cambridge under Volker Heine.[citation needed]

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.[6] The panel concluded that there was "no evidence of any deliberate scientific malpractice in any of the work of the Climatic Research Unit."[7]


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


  1. ^ "List of Fellows".
  2. ^ Prof MJ Kelly, Cambridge
  3. ^ House of Commons, Minutes of Evidence, HC 1194-i (2008)
  4. ^ "List of Fellows".
  5. ^ "List of Fellows".
  6. ^ CRU Scientific Assessment Panel announced 22 Mar 2010
  7. ^ 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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