Dr Martin Milton, the National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) Fellow in Chemical Metrology, will join the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures or BIPM) on 1st October 2012 as Deputy Director and Director Designate. Martin is then set to take over from present Director, Dr Michael Kühne, at the start of 2013.
The BIPM was created on 20 May 1875 and is responsible for ensuring worldwide uniformity of measurements and their traceability to the International System of Units (SI).
The SI is the foundation for all our measurements from the beer in your pint to the gap between the tick and the tock on your clock. The strength and reliability of the SI depends on its foundation of seven base units: the kilogram, metre, second, kelvin, ampere, mole and candela.
BIPM is based at the Pavillon de Breteuil in Sèvres, France.
Martin's new post will require a combination of scientific, leadership and diplomatic skills that he has developed during his time at NPL, spanning over 31 years. He joined NPL as a Scientific Officer and has been active in the work of the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance (CCQM). Martin has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, as well as 150 reports and conference papers. Topics covered included the principles of traceability, the fundamental constants, ultra-sensitive Raman and mass spectroscopy, environmental monitoring and high accuracy gas measurements.
Commenting on his forthcoming role, Dr Milton said: "World class measurement will be critical in addressing the great challenges of the coming decades, from helping to achieve a sustainable low carbon future to ensuring our well being and security. This makes it a really exciting time to be using the 30+ years experience I have gained working at the forefront of metrology at NPL to tackle new global measurement challenges at the BIPM."