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Professor's top job at leading lab.

A HUDDERSFIELD academic has been appointed the new regional director at a physics laboratory institute that bred scientists such as Alan Turing.

Prof John Bancroft, from the University of Huddersfield, is the new director at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Northern England.

The NPL is based at the university's Queensgate campus.

The move marks a joint appointment between the two organisations.

The NPL is where 20th century genius Alan Turing designed the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) computer in the 1940s.

Prof Bancroft, who is visiting Professor of Science and Innovation at the university, joins the team from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where he was industry engagement manager.

The NPL's regional hub for the North of England will initially be comprised of two institutes coming together - the NPL's testing and services laboratory and the university's Centre for Precision Technologies.

The NPL is the UK's national measurement standards laboratory and the largest applied physics organisation in the country.

Prof Bancroft will take over next month.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Dec 26, 2015
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