THE CHIEF executive of the organisation that runs the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has been made an OBE.

Dr Brian Bowsher, who is in charge of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), earned his place on the New Year Honours List for his contribution to national and international metrology (the science of measurement).

It recognises his personal leadership in this field, especially during his previous tenure as CEO of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) from 2009 to 2015 which led to a “step change in national and international recognition of NPL and the UK in the International Metrology community worldwide”.

As a result of Dr Bowsher’s leadsership, NPL’s status was secured as a world leading research institute.

His personal effort, connections and scientific reputation saw him elected to the global committee that oversees metrology worldwide where he played a major role in making the organisation fit for the demands of the 21st Century.

Dr Bowsher served on STFC’s Council before accepting his fixed-term role as chief executive, which he will keep until March 2018.

The STFC owns and runs the pioneering Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, which has given the world super computers, record-breaking lasers and a new understanding of the universe.

It recently celebrated 60 years of producing world-changing research in the Oxfordshire countryside.

STFC chairman Professor Sir Michael Sterling said: “On behalf of STFC Council, and all our staff, I am absolutely delighted that Brian’s personal contribution to science and technology, especially metrology, has been recognised.

“It is a fitting tribute to a life time of achievement for which we should all be very thankful.”