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William Wilkinson

Dr William Wilkinson CBE FREng FRS


Elected: 1990


William Wilkinson graduated in chemical engineering in 1956 from Christ’s College, Cambridge. He spent three years as a Lecturer at Swansea before joining the UK Atomic Energy Authority. In 1967, he moved to Bradford as Professor of Chemical Engineering, where his research focused on fluid mechanics and process dynamics.

He rejoined the nuclear industry with British Nuclear Fuels in 1979. He was elected to the board in 1984, and held responsibility for technical and engineering matters concerning the development and design of nuclear fuel processing facilities. He was Chairman of the British Nuclear Industry Forum from 1992–1997 and President of the European Nuclear Forum from 1994–1996.

William served as President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1980 and as a Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College. He has served on the Science Research Council and the Advisory Council on Science and Technology. He was Non-executive Director of Allied Colloids and is a liveryman of the Salters’ Company.

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Fluid mechanics, Nuclear fuel cycle technology, Process dynamics