David Thomas Delpy, CBE FRS FMedSci FREng[4] (born 11 August 1948), is a British bioengineer, and Hamamatsu Professor of Medical Photonics, at University College London.[1][5][6][7][8][9][10]

David Delpy

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Delpy (right)
David Thomas Delpy

(1948-08-11) 11 August 1948 (age 71)[1]
EducationHeaton Grammar School
Alma mater
Known forCEO of EPSRC[2]
AwardsDoctor of Science[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Doctoral studentsElizabeth Hillman[3]


Delpy was educated at Heaton Grammar School in Newcastle. He went on to study at Brunel University, graduating with a first class Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by University College London in Medical physics.[1]

Career and researchEdit

Delpy served as Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.[when?][2][11][12][13]

As of 2014, he is chairman of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council[14] and a member of the strategic advisory board of the EPSRC's quantum technologies programme.[2]

Awards and honoursEdit

Delpy was appointed CBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to engineering and scientific research.[15] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1999.[1] He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering[4] in 2002.

In 2008 he was awarded the Institute of Physics Rosalind Franklin Medal and Prize.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e Anon (2017). "Delpy, Prof. David Thomas". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U13434. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c No regrets, says outgoing EPSRC chief David Delpy, Times Higher Education 2014-04-17
  3. ^ Hillman, Elizabeth (2002). Experimental and theoretical investigations of near infrared tomographic imaging methods and clinical applications (PDF) (PhD thesis). University College London. OCLC 1000838839. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.268884. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "List of Fellows".
  5. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  6. ^ David Delpy's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Delpy, D. T.; Cope, M.; Zee, P. V. D.; Arridge, S.; Wray, S.; Wyatt, J. (1988). "Estimation of optical pathlength through tissue from direct time of flight measurement". Physics in Medicine and Biology. 33 (12): 1433–1442. doi:10.1088/0031-9155/33/12/008. PMID 3237772.
  8. ^ Wray, S; Cope, M; Delpy, D. T.; Wyatt, J. S.; Reynolds, E. O. (1988). "Characterization of the near infrared absorption spectra of cytochrome aa3 and haemoglobin for the non-invasive monitoring of cerebral oxygenation". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 933 (1): 184–92. doi:10.1016/0005-2728(88)90069-2. PMID 2831976.
  9. ^ Arridge, S. R.; Schweiger, M; Hiraoka, M; Delpy, D. T. (1993). "A finite element approach for modeling photon transport in tissue". Medical Physics. 20 (2): 299–309. doi:10.1118/1.597069. PMID 8497214.
  10. ^ Cope, M; Delpy, D. T. (1988). "System for long-term measurement of cerebral blood and tissue oxygenation on newborn infants by near infra-red transillumination". Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing. 26 (3): 289–94. doi:10.1007/bf02447083. PMID 2855531.
  11. ^ Delpy, D.; Ankel-Simons, F; Chatrath, P. S.; Kay, R. S.; Williams, B; Fleagle, J. G.; Gebo, D. L.; Beard, C. K.; Dawson, M; Tattersall, I; Rose, K. D. (2009). "Peer review and impact statements vital to UK research". Nature. 460 (7254): 456. doi:10.1038/460456b.
  12. ^ Delpy, David; Armitt, John (2011). "Physical sciences: Research council will support excellence". Nature. 479 (7373): 299. doi:10.1038/479299d.
  13. ^ Bhattacharya, Ananyo (2012). "Science funding: Duel to the death. Physicists, chemists and mathematicians in the United Kingdom are furious about funding reforms that they say threaten blue-skies research". Nature. 488 (7409): 20–2. doi:10.1038/488020a. PMID 22859184.
  14. ^ "New chair of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council". GOV.UK. 14 January 2014.
  15. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b9.
  16. ^ "2008 Franklin medal and prize". Retrieved 26 December 2019.

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