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Andrew Oddy

William Andrew Oddy OBE DSc MA BSc FSA was educated at Bradford Grammar School (1952-61) and New College Oxford (1961-65) where he read chemistry. After a year in chemical industry he joined the Research Laboratory of the British Museum to investgate the decay and conservation of antiquities. He subsequently became involved in the scientific examination of antiquities. In 1985 he was appointed Keeper of Conservation and he retired in 2002. He was the Forbes Prize Lecturer of the International Institute for Conservation in 1996. Andrew Oddy has served on numerous committees relating to the conservation of cultural heritage and was the President of the International Institute for Conservation 2001-07. He has written about 300 papers, articles, notes and reviews and was awarded an OBE in the Jubilee Honours in 2002.[1] In retirement he researches the earliest Islamic coinage and was a Vice President of the Royal Numismatic Society in 2010-12 (www link).

Research Projects: Conservation of waterlogged wood [2] conservation of limestone sculpture [3] Development of the 'Oddy Test' {Wikipedia link}[4] Gilding of Roman bronze statues [5] The history of object conservation [6] Debasement of gold coinages [7] Technology of ancient jewellery [8]

References NB Only one or two references are given for each project - usually the earliest and the latest (or most significant). 1 Who's Who, 1990 et.seq. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8