Professor Mark Welland was born in October 1955 and received a BSc in physics from the University of Leeds in 1979; a PhD in physics from the University of Bristol in 1984 and an MA from the University of Cambridge in 1988.
After a position as world trade visiting scientist at IBM Research Division in USA between 1985 - 1986, Professor Welland was appointed to a lectureship in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he is currently professor of nanotechnology researching into a broad range of both fundamental and applied problems. These include protein mis-folding problems related to human disease, nanostructured materials for solar cells, biologically inspired functional nanomaterials, nanoelectronics and developing tools for fabrication and characterisation of nanostructures. He established the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge in 2003 and was made director of the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in nanotechnology funded through the government's research councils in 2002.
Professor Welland has been involved in a number of national and international reports on nanotechnology including the highly cited Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering report: "Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies: Opportunities and Uncertainties," published in 1994. He has substantive international connections in the USA, Japan, Europe, India and the Middle East; he has established and now co-directs the Science and Technology Research Center at The American University in Cairo, Egypt and is International principal investigator of the recently established £100M World Premier Research Institute in nanomaterials based in Tsukuba, Japan.
He has given a number of prestigious lectures that include the Turing Lecture, IEE and British Computing Society, 2002; the Sterling Lecturer annual appointment made by the Sterling group of Universities, 2003; the Annual Materials Research Society of India Lecture , Mumbai, India, 2006 and the Max Planck Society Lecture 2007, - MPI, Stuttgart, Germany, 2007. Professor Welland was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2002.
Professor Welland joined the Ministry of Defence as chief scientific adviser in April 2008. He will retain his position at Cambridge during the course of his secondment to the MOD.