Named by The Times as one of the 100 most influential scientists in the UK, Mark Miodownik is professor of materials and society at University College London. He received his PhD in turbine jet engine alloys from the University of Oxford University and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than 10 years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is director and runs the research programme. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014. A well known writer and broadcaster, he is the author of Stuff Matters, which became a New York Times bestseller and won the Royal Society Winton Prize in 2014 and the US National Academies Communication Award in 2015. He regularly presents BBC television programmes on engineering that reach millions of viewers worldwide. In 2013 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal. In 2015 he was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Public Engagement with Science. In 2017 he was awarded the Faraday Medal by the Royal Society.
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