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Nationality  British
Fields  Materials Science
Residence  United Kingdom

Role  Scientist
Name  Andrew Briggs
Doctoral advisor  David Tabor
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Born  George Andrew Davidson Briggs 3 June 1950 (age 65) Dorchester, Dorset, England (1950-06-03)
Institutions  University of Oxford* University of Cambridge* Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne
Alma mater  St. Catherine’s College, Oxford* Queens’ College, Cambridge
Known for  Acoustic Microscopy* Quantum Nanomaterials
Notable awards  Holliday Prize * Buehler Technical Paper Merit Award for Excellence * Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Award * Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society
Spouse  Diana nee Johnson (m. 1981)
People also search for  Karl Claxton, Andy Briggs, David Tabor
Books  Decision Modelling for Health, Acoustic Microscopy: Second E, Surviving Space, Alexander Pushkin: A Critical St, Alexander Pushkin - Eugene

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George Andrew Davidson Briggs (born 1950) (known as Andrew Briggs) is a British scientist.


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He is Professor of Nanomaterials in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. He is best known for his early work in acoustic microscopy and his current work in materials for quantum technologies.

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Early life and education

He was born in Dorchester, Dorset, son of David Briggs, a classics teacher at Bryanston School Dorset, and later headmaster of King’s College School Cambridge, and Mary (née Lormer), whose former maths pupils include Sir Timothy Gowers and Sir Andrew Wiles.

He was educated at the Leys School Cambridge, he studied physics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, from 1968-1971 as the Clothworkers’ Scholar. From 1973-1976 he undertook research for a Ph.D. at the Cavendish Laboratory. From 1976-1979 he studied Theology at Ridley Hall and Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he won the Chase Prize for Greek.


From 1971-1973 after graduating from his first degree, he taught Physics and Religious Education at Canford School, Dorset. In 1979 he was a Research Assistant in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. In 1980 moved to Oxford as a Research Fellow in the Department of Metallurgy and from 1981 Lecturer in Physics at St Catherine’s College. In 1984 he was appointed Lecturer in Metallurgy and Science of Materials at the University of Oxford, in 1996 Reader in Materials, and in 1999 Professor of Materials.

In 2002 he was elected to the newly created Chair of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. From 2002-2009 he was Director of the Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration, and EPSRC Professorial Research Fellow. Since 2010 he has also been responsible for the preparation and evaluation of grant proposals to Templeton World Charity Foundation which serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. He has initiated a large number of research projects and related activities around the world, in topics such as spiritual discovery through science, science as a component of theology, the power of information, freedom and free enterprise, and character development.

He has published over 575 books, papers, and articles; the majority in internationally reviewed journals. His scientific research since taking up the Chair of Nanomaterials in 2002 has concentrated on materials with potential for building quantum computers. These include molecules in which the quantum states of electron and nuclear spins can be controlled with exquisite precision. Having established the key necessary phenomena in ensembles of large numbers of spins, since 2013 he has focussed on harnessing quantum properties in devices. He has also shown how the materials and techniques developed for technologies can be used for investigating the nature of reality in the context of quantum theory.

Fellowships, memberships, and overseas appointments

  • 1984 Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
  • 1992-2002 Professeur invité, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • 2002 Visiting Professor, the University of New South Wales
  • 2003 Professorial Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford
  • 2004 Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • 2005 Guest Professor, State Key Laboratory for Nanotechnology, Wuhan, China
  • 2011 Member Academia Europaea
  • 2013 Member International Society for Science and Religion.
  • Awards and honours

  • 1986 Holliday Prize, Institute of Metals, ‘for his outstanding research and development in the field of scanning acoustic microscopy and for the application of this novel technique to the solution of materials problems.’
  • 1994 Buehler Technical Paper Merit Award for Excellence. “Depth measurements of short cracks in perspex with the scanning acoustic microscope.” Materials Characterization 31, 115-126 (1993), reprinted in Materials Characterization 39, 653-644 (1997).
  • 1999 Metrology for World Class Manufacturing Awards: Winner (with Dr O.V. Kolosov), Category 1, Frontier Science and Measurement. “Ultrasonic Force Microscopy (UFM)”, ‘Kolosov and Briggs have demonstrated the effect on various materials and shown that UFM is capable of both high resolution and quantitative measurement.’
  • 1999 Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. ‘This award is in recognition of your many outstanding achievements in various scanned probe microscopy techniques and their applications to the study of the mechanical and structural properties of surfaces over a very wide dimensional scale. Your recent development of the ultrasonic force microscope is an example of your innovative achievements.’
  • 2007 Oxfordshire Science Writing Competition: 2nd Prize for article ‘Molecules are Real.’
  • Other activities

    Peer Review College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Fellowships Committee of The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851; Engineering Review Panel of the Newton International Fellowships; Board of Management of the Ian Ramsey Centre; Advisory Board of the McDonald Centre; Board of Electors to the Wilde Lectureship in Natural and Comparative Religion; Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers and Freeman of the City of London; Editorial Board of Science & Christian Belief; International Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation.


    Andrew Briggs is a practising Christian.


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