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Ian Ward

Professor Ian Ward FRS


Elected: 1983


Ian Ward is Emeritus Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds and Visiting Professor at the University of Bradford. He was the first Director of the Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre (made up of Leeds, Bradford, Durham and Sheffield universities) and has been Chairman of the School of Physics and Astronomy and Cavendish Professor at Leeds.

He maintains many industrial collaborations and has been Managing Director of several University of Leeds spin-off companies. These include Vantage Polymers for single polymer self-reinforced composites, die-drawn ropes and tubes, and Leeds Lithium Power for thermoreversible, ionically conducting polymer gel electrolytes.

Ian has published 700 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 text books and 20 key patents, served as Editor of the journal Polymer, and sits on the Advisory Board of several journals. He has received awards from the Institute of Physics (C. V. Boys Prize and Glazebrook Medal), the Institute of Materials (Griffith, Swinburne, and Netlon medals) and other institutions (an honorary DSc from Bradford and the Staudinger–Durrer Prize from ETH Zurich in 2013).

Professional positions

Emeritus Professor of Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Catalytic properties, Solid Polymers, Viral structure