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Professor Richard Jones

Professor Richard Jones is a physicist with a BA and PhD from Cambridge University. Following postdoctoral work at Cornell University, he was an assistant lecturer, then lecturer, at Cambridge´s Cavendish Laboratory. He moved to Sheffield as a Professor of Physics in 1998, and was head of department from 1999-2003.

He is the author of more than 120 research papers, and three books, the most recent of which is Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life, published by OUP in 2004. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.

He was the co-author, with Stephen Wood, of a report published by the UK´s Economic and Social Research Council, The Social and Economic Challenges of Nanotechnology (2003). He chaired the Nanotechnology Engagement Group, a body set up by UK Government to support the development of best practice in public engagement around nanotechnologies, and to ensure that public engagement feeds into policy and decision-making, and from 2007 to 2009 was the senior strategic advisor for nanotechnology for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.