Council 2006-2007

Professor John Morton
Co-opted Member

John Morton is Strategy Director of the Future Systems and Technology Division of QinetiQ plc. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Aeronautics Department at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

He obtained his first degree in Engineering at the University of Cambridge and DPhil in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials from the University of Oxford. Following research and teaching appointments at Oxford, Imperial College, NASA and Virginia Tech he joined the Defence Research Agency (DRA) as the Director of the Structural Materials Centre. As DRA grew to become the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, his responsibilities broadened with his appointment as the Director of the Mechanical Sciences Business Sector. With the formation of QinetiQ he became Chief Operating Officer of the Future Systems Technology Division.

Professor Morton has been internationally recognised for his pioneering research on composite materials. A Chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Institute and of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also the recipient of the Donald Julius Groen and the William Sweet Smith Prizes of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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