Professor Brian Cantor, CBE


Brian Cantor is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford. Before that he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of York; before that Professor of Materials and Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Oxford; and before that a research scientist and engineer at GE Corporate Research Labs in the USA. He is acknowledged as a world authority on materials manufacturing. He was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.

He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Christ’s College, Cambridge University. He has worked at universities, including Sussex, Northeastern, Banaras, Oxford, Washington State, York and Bradford; and for companies, including Alcan, Elsevier, General Electric and Rolls-Royce. He has advised organisations such as NASA and the EU, and government and non-government agencies in Australia, China, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and the UK. He has chaired and been on many boards, including Isis Innovation, York Science Park, the Kobe Institute, the UK Universities Pensions Forum, the White Rose Consortium, Yorkshire Innovation, Leeds, York and Bradford Economic Partnerships, the UK College of Business and Computing, the National Science Learning Centre, the National Media Museum, the National Early Music Centre, the Centre for Low Carbon Futures, and the Worldwide Universities Network. He was a member of the Sainsbury Review of UK science and innovation. He founded the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford and led the Heslington East campus development at York.

His research has investigated the manufacture of materials and has contributed to fundamental scientific advances as well as improvements in many industrial products. He has supervised over 130 research students and postdocs, published over 300 papers and books with over 7,000 citations and a Google h-index of 43, given over 100 invited talks in more than 15 countries, and is on the ISI List of Most Cited Researchers. He invented the field of High Entropy Alloys. He was awarded the Ismanam Prize, the York Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Rosenhain and Platinum Medals of the Institute of Materials. He is an Honorary Professor at Shenyang, Zhejiang and Nanjing Universities, the Chinese Institute of Materials Research and the Indian Institute of Sciences Bangalore, an Honorary Member of the Indian Institute of Metals, a Member of Academia Europea and the World Technology Network, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, the Institute of Physics, the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Academy of Engineering.