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Former Vice-Chancellor named Fellow of the Royal Society


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Former University of Bradford Vice-Chancellor Brian Cantor has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Professor Cantor CBE was Vice-Chancellor from 2013 - 2019 when he took up a role as Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford. During his tenure at Bradford, he founded the World Technology Universities Network (WTUN), oversaw our first Queen’s Anniversary Prize and was awarded a CBE for his services to Higher Education.

He said: “I am honoured to be elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society, alongside famous previous Fellows such as Newton and Darwin.  

“I owe much to all my colleagues at my current and previous universities for supporting me in my academic and scientific career. I thank you all.”

Fellowship of the Royal Society is an award granted by the Fellows of the Royal Society of London to individuals who have made a "substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science, and medical science". Previous recipients include Albert Einstein, Alan Turing and David Attenborough, amongst many others considered to be the best in their field.

Professor Cantor is currently Professor of Materials at Oxford and Brunel Universities as well as a Trustee of the Science Museums Group - which includes Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum - and a Chief Editor of the Springer-Nature journal High Entropy Alloys and Materials. He is a world-renowned scientist and academic, known for having invented the field of multicomponent high-entropy materials and for his discovery of the “Cantor alloys” - metals shown to have an attractive combination of strength, ductility and toughness. He has also acted as an advisor to institutes such as NASA, the EU and the Dutch, Spanish and German governments.