Professor Brian Tanner, Durham University academic was appointed the Chief Scientific Advisor here at North East Technology Park (NETPark) in 2012.
In 2014 he was awarded the Gabor Medal by the Institute of Physics for distinguished work in the application of physics in an industrial, commercial or business context.
Professor Tanner was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion also in 2012, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, for his work in promoting enterprise and business nationally and internationally for over 30 years.
An expert in the X-ray examination of materials, in 2005 he received the Barrett Award from the Pennsylvania-based International Centre for Diffraction Data.
Having retired as Dean for University Enterprise, Professor Tanner is now an Emeritus Professor of Physics. He has had a significant impact on technology transfer and the development of spin-out companies, many of them with local bases.
Professor Tanner continues to be influential in the ongoing development of NETPark in Sedgefield. As Chief Scientific Advisor at NETPark, Professor Tanner plays a vital role in helping to support the continued growth of the science park through his knowledge, skills and experience of working in different industry fields.