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Prestigious honour for outstanding Warwick professor

The School of Engineering is delighted to announce that Professor Julian Gardner has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS); one of the most prestigious honours in the scientific community. Those awarded FRS status have demonstrated exceptional and substantial contributions to the advancement of science.

Professor Julian Gardner standing on the steps of the Engineering building at Warwick

Julian Gardner is an outstanding scientist and engineer, who has pioneered and led the field of artificial olfactory sensors (“electronic noses”) almost since its inception, making major contributions to all aspects of the field. He has designed novel MEMS-based sensor architectures and signal-processing algorithms allowing him to solve very challenging odour and gas sensing problems - opening up new application domains from microbial detection to chemical communication.

In addition to his many contributions within the School of Engineering, Julian is the founder of several companies that have successfully exploited different aspects of his research. He has won many significant awards, including most notably the JJ Thompson Medal 2007, the IEEE Technical Award 2017, and (jointly) the Royal Society Mullard Award in 2018. He is a fellow of the IET, IEEE, and Royal Academy of Engineering as well as serving on the Industrial Fellowships Panel of the Royal Society; and a past chair the ERC Synergy Panel for Engineering.

Julian has achieved a major impact in the scientific field of artificial olfaction and continues to work in sensor research both at the University of Warwick and with a number of industrial partners.

Leading the congratulations, Professor David Towers (Head of School) said: “This is a really high and notable accolade and testament to the many years of internationally leading research that Julian has led at Warwick.”