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Ian Ward

Ian Ward

Professor Ian Ward FRS


Elected: 1983


Ian Ward was 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 had been Chairman of the School of Physics and Astronomy and Cavendish Professor at Leeds.

He maintained many industrial collaborations and had been Managing Director of several University of Leeds spin-off companies. These included 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 published 700 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 text books and 20 key patents, served as Editor of the journal Polymer, and sat on the Advisory Board of several journals. He 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).

Professor Ian Ward FRS died on 5 November 2018.

Professional positions

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

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Materials science (incl materials engineering), Engineering, mechanical
  • Other
    • Science policy
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, materials


Structure, Properties, Solid Polymers

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