Andrew D. Taylor

Andrew Dawson Taylor (born 1950)[1] OBE FRS FRSE FInstP[4] is director of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) National Laboratories[5]Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL),[6][3] Daresbury Laboratory, and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh.[4][7]

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Dawson Taylor

1950 (age 6869)[1]
EducationDenny High School
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow (BSc)[2]
University of Oxford (DPhil)
AwardsRichard Glazebrook Medal and Prize (2006)
Scientific career
InstitutionsScience and Technology Facilities Council
ISIS neutron source[3]
ThesisInelastic neutron scattering by chemical rate processes (1976)


Taylor was educated at Denny High School, the University of Glasgow[1] and the University of Oxford where he was a postgraduate student of St John's College, Oxford.[1] He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1976 for research using inelastic neutron scattering.[8]

Career and research

Taylor's research interests are in neutron science, neutron sources[7] and neutron scattering,[5][2] he is recognised as an international leader in the development of large-scale research facilities and their infrastructures.[4]

Awards and honours

Taylor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2019 for "substantial contributions to the improvement of natural knowledge".[9] He was appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1999 Birthday Honours.[1][10][2] He was also elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2006.[11] He was awarded the Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in 2006.


  1. Anon (2017). "Taylor, Andrew Dawson". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U247102. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. Gribben, Roland (2009-05-13). "Andrew Taylor profile: Neutron man grapples with the invisibles". London: Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2019-11-11.
  3. Taylor, Andrew (2008). "Welcome to the second target station at ISIS". Materials Today. 11 (12): 72. doi:10.1016/S1369-7021(08)70259-1. ISSN 1369-7021.
  4. Anon (2019). "Dr Andrew Taylor OBE FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2019-04-24. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:
    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)
  5. Andrew D. Taylor publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. Seeger, P.A.; Taylor, A.D.; Brugger, R.M. (1985). "Double-difference method to improve the resolution of an eV neutron spectrometer". Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 240 (1): 98–114. doi:10.1016/0168-9002(85)90392-4. ISSN 0168-9002.
  7. Taylor, A.; Dunne, M.; Bennington, S.; Ansell, S.; Gardner, I.; Norreys, P.; Broome, T.; Findlay, D.; Nelmes, R. (2007). "A Route to the Brightest Possible Neutron Source?". Science. 315 (5815): 1092–1095. doi:10.1126/science.1127185. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17322053.
  8. Taylor, Andrew Dawson (1976). Inelastic Neutron Scattering by Chemical Rate Processes. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 500576530. EThOS
  9. Anon (2015). "Royal Society Elections". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06.
  10. Anon (2019). "STFC director honoured by the Royal Society". Science and Technology Facilities Council.
  11. Anon (2006). "Dr Andrew Dawson Taylor OBE, FRS, FRSE". Edinburgh: Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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