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Staff Profile: Prof P N T Wells


Prof Peter N T Wells



Distinguished Research Professor


Research Theme:

Health, Technology and the Digital World


Research Group:

Biomedical Engineering Research Group



Room W/2.40 Newport Road



+44 (0)29 2087 4154 (direct line)






BSc Aston University
MSc Bristol University
PhD Bristol University
DSc Bristol University
DTech(hc) Lund University
MD(hc) Erasmus University
DSc(hc) Aston University

FIET, FInstP, FIPEM(hon)

1954-1959 Student Apprentice, General Electric Company
1959-1960 Postgraduate Student, Bristol University
1960-1971 Medical Physicist (increasing grades), United Bristol Hospitals
1972-1974 Professor of Medical Physics, Welsh National School of Medicine
1975-2000 Chief Physicist, United Bristol Hospitals
1986-2000 Honorary Professor in Clinical Radiology, Bristol University
2000-2001 Professor of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Bristol University
2001-2003 Senior Research Fellow, Bristol University
2002-date Visiting Professor, Imperial College London
2004-date Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University
2011-date Visiting Professor, University College London

1959 Prize for Best Student Apprentice, Telecommunication Engineering and
Manufacturing Association
1959-1960 Silvanus Thompson Scholar, Institution of Electrical Engineers
1971 Founders’ Prize, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
1980-date Honorary Fellow, Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers
in Medicine
1982-date Honorary Fellow, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
1983-date Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering
1984-date Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine
1986-date Honorary Member, British Medical Ultrasound Society
1987-date Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Radiologists
1988 Pioneer Award, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
1993 Pioneer Award, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
1993 Achievement Medal, Institution of Electrical Engineers
1994 Pioneer Award, Society for Vascular Ultrasound
1997-date Founding Fellow, International Academy for Medical and Biological
1998 Ian Donald Medal for Technical Merit, International Society of Ultrasound in
Obstetrics and Gynecology
2001 EFOMP Medal, European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics
2003-date Fellow of the Royal Society
2003-date Honorary Fellow, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
2005-date Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
2006 Duddell Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics
2006-date Honorary Fellow, International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound
2006-date Honorary Life Member, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
2006-date Honorary Member, Korean Society of Ultrasound in Medicine
2007-date Honorary Fellow, British Institute of Radiology
2007 National Health Service Lifetime Achievement Award
2008-date Commander of the Order of the British Empire
2010-date Founding Fellow, Learned Society of Wales
2013 Royal Medal, Royal Society
2014 Included in Science Council’s list of 100 leading UK practising scientists
2014 Sir Frank Whittle Medal, Royal Academy of Engineering
2014-date Member, Academia Europaea


Professional Activities and Recognition:

President, British Medical Ultrasound Group (now British Medical Ultrasound Society), 1973-74; Consultant, National Science Foundation of the USA, 1973-79; Chief Scientist's Advisor, Department of Health and Social Security (now Department of Health), 1983-88; Chairman, Scientific Committee, South Western Regional Health Authority (subsequently NHS Executive, South West), 1984-88; President, British Institute of Radiology, 1985-86; Member, Cell Biology and Disorders Board, Medical Research Council, 1986-90; Vice-President, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 1988-91; Member, Medical Engineering and Sensors Committee, Science and Engineering Research Council (now Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), 1988-91; Member, Standing Committee for Engineering, Royal Academy of Engineering, 1991-94; Member, Central Research and Development Committee for the NHS, 1991-94; Editor-in-Chief, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 1992-06 (Emeritus, 2007-); Member, Medical Engineering College, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 1994-00; Special Trustee for the United Bristol Hospitals, 1994-99 (Chairman, 1998-99); President, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (formerly Institution of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology), 1995-97; Member, UK Focus for Biomedical Engineering, Royal Academy of Engineering, 1995-04 (Vice-Chairman, 1995-2001; Chairman, 2001-04); Member, Standing Committee for Education and Training, Royal Academy of Engineering, 1997-00; Chairman, Science in Health Group, Science Council, 2000-04; Member, Peer Review College, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 2000-; Member, Proactive Membership Group, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2000-07; Member of Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2001-04; Chairman, Radiology and Oncology Congresses Board, 2001-04; Member, Standing Committee for Engineering Policy, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2003-04; Member, Awards Committee, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2003-06; Member, Finance and Audit Committee, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2004-07; Chairman, Working Group on the Impact of ICT on Health and Healthcare, Royal Society, 2005-06; Member, Sectional Committee 4, Royal Society, 2006-09; Member, Sectional Committee 1, Academy of Medical Sciences, 2007-10; Member, Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Advisory Group for the National Physical Laboratory, 2008-14; Member, Panel 4, Newton International Fellowships, 2008-11; Member, Research Appointment Panel A(ii), Royal Society, 2008-11; Member, Theo Murphy Blue Skies Awards Assessment Panel, Royal Society, 2009; Member, Paul Instrument Fund Selection Panel, Royal Society, 2010-14; Member, Research Grants Panel R1, Royal Society, 2010-14; Member, Research Fellowships Assessment Panel, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2010-14; Member, Advisory Board, Aston Brain Centre, 2011-; Member of Board and Chairman of Scientific and Users Panel, Find a Better Way, 2011-; Member, Brian Mercer Innovation and Feasibility Awards Committee, Royal Society, 2012-; Member, Future Shape of the Healthcare Science Workforce Advisory Panel, Department of Health, 2012-13; Member, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Sift Panel, 2012-13; Member, Health and Life Sciences Strategy Panel, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 2013; Member of Council and Chairman of Development Funding Committee, Learned Society of Wales, 2014-; 108 invited, keynote and eponymous lectures; 18 books, including “Physical Principles of Ultrasonic Diagnosis” (Academic Press, 1969), “Biomedical Ultrasonics” (Academic Press, 1977), “Scientific Basis of Medical Imaging” (Churchill Livingstone, 1982), “Advances in Ultrasound Imaging and Instrumentation” (Churchill Livingstone, 1993), “The Perception of Visual Information” (Springer, 1997); 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 136 other publications; editorial appointments to 23 journals; referee for 51 journals; external examiner of 122 higher research degree candidates in 31 universities; referee for 49 grant-giving bodies; recipient of 32 research grants.