Professor Philip Withers FREng FRS

Philip Withers’ interests lie in applying advanced techniques to follow the behaviour of engineering and natural materials in real time and in 3D, often as they operate under demanding conditions.  In 2005 he  was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2008 set up the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility, which is now one of the most extensive suites of 3D X-ray Imaging facilities in the world.

Awarded the Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers’ Company Prize for pioneering use of neutron and X-ray beams to map stresses and image components in 2010, his work underpins the scientific basis by which we can predict component failure.  In 2012, Philip became the inaugural Director of the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials aimed understanding and developing materials across the energy sector. 

In 2014, the University of Manchester was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, recognising the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility’s work. In establishing correlative tomography he is currently linking together X-ray and electron imaging to locate and track a 3D region of interest from metre to the nanometres length-scale.

Professional position

  • Chief Scientist and Regius Professor of Materials, Henry Royce Institute, University of Manchester


  • Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize

    In recognition of his pioneering use of neutron and hard x-ray beams to map stresses and image defects in industrial scale components and devices.

Professor Philip Withers FREng FRS
Elected 2016