Ian Walmsley was the Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics and Professorial Fellow of St Hugh’s College. Prior to being appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in February 2009, he was Head of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford, and served as Director of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester in the US. Between 2011 and 2014 he was also responsible for Academic Services and University Collections. His research is in the areas of ultrafast optics and quantum optics. He is President of the Optical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society, the American Physical Society, and the UK Institute of Physics, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Oxford University Innovation and Director of the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub, part of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Walmsley oversaw the University’s research and innovation strategies and policies. He chaired the University’s Research and Innovation Committee and was responsible for coordinating the University’s relationships with its major research funders and the engagement of research activity with wider audiences.
He is now the Provost of Imperial College, London.