Fusion Scientist Knighted by Queen

June 13, 2018

UK fusion scientist Steven Cowley (now to be known as Sir Steven Cowley) was given the honor of Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II according to a June 9 announcement made at The Queen's Birthday Honours, which recognizes the achievements of extraordinary individuals across the United Kingdom. Sir Steven was recognized "for services to science and the development of nuclear fusion."

As previously announced (FPN18-23), Sir Steven will become Director of the US Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on July 1. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985, was a scientist at the UK Culham Laboratory 1985-1987 and returned to Princeton as a scientist and teacher 1987-1993. From 1993 to 2008 he was on the faculty of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). From 2008-2016 he was chief executive officer (CEO) of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and head of the UK Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. He is currently president and professor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

Sir Steven is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2017, Fusion Power Associates presented him with its Distinguished Career Award. He is also currently a member of Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors.

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