George D.W. Smith, FRS

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Professor of Materials

Department of Materials
University of Oxford
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PH

+44 1865 273762 (Room 179.30.22)
+44 1865 273700 (switchboard)

George Smith is a Professor of Materials at Oxford University, with interests in the study of the structure, composition and properties of materials at the atomic level. He leads the Oxford research group that has developed novel techniques for the direct three-dimensional observation and identification of single atoms in solid materials. For this work, he was awarded the Beilby Medal and Prize (1985), and the Rosenhain Medal (1991). He received the 2005 Acta Materialia Gold Medal for international scientific excellence and leadership in the materials field, and the 2006 Institute of Materials Platinum Medal for outstanding contributions to materials science and technology, both nationally and internationally. He is the author or co-author of 2 books and over 300 scientific papers. 

He was the founding chairman of the Institute of Materials Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Committee, and also chaired the First International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing (2003). Together with Oxford colleagues, he founded a University spin-out company, Oxford nanoScience Ltd, (now part of Imago Scientific Instruments Inc.) which manufactures equipment for nanotechnology research. The company won several awards for its technological achievements, including a Prince of Wales Award for Innovation, a UK Government Innovative Measurement Award, and an International R and D 100 award. He has also served on a number of public bodies, including the U.K. Materials Foresight Panel, the Executive Council of the Royal Society, the Council of the Institute of Materials, the Advisory Council of the British Library, and the UK-China Partnership in Science. He is a member of the DBERR Energy Materials Advisory Group, and was the lead author of the 2007 DTI / MatUK report on Nuclear Energy Materials.