Andrew Wallard, until 2011, was Director of "Bureau International des Poids et Mesures" - an intergovernmental body on international territory near Paris. The BIPM is the organisation at the centre of world metrology. Here Andrew was responsible for an annual budget of some 10 Million Euro. The BIPM is the home of the world time scale and international prototype kilogramme, on which the SI measurements of time and mass are based. It is also extending its work into traceable measurements related to chemistry and laboratory medicine.
Andrew's post-University career started in science policy making at the Department of Trade and Industry in Whitehall. Here his work was a mixture of politics and science, but he found working the solution out was a huge satisfaction. He later returned to the NPL as a manager, where his mix of physics research skills and the management skills developed at the DTI were put to good use. He rose to the post of Deputy Director of the lab before being appointed Director of the BIPM in 2004.
The New Year 2011 marks the move of the Directorship of the BIPM from Professor Andrew J. Wallard into the hands of Professor Michael Kühne. Michael Kühne joined the BIPM in 2009 as Director Designate, before which he was a member of the Presidential Board of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany.Upon his retirement, Prof. Wallard becomes Director Emeritus of the BIPM.
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