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Paul Thompson (rector)

Paul Warwick Thompson FRSA (born in Oxford, England, 9 August 1959) is rector of the Royal College of Art in London, England.[1]

Paul Thompson
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Rector of the Royal College of Art
Assumed office
Preceded by Sir Christopher Frayling
Personal details
Born (1959-08-09) 9 August 1959 (age 59)
Alma mater University of Bristol
University of East Anglia

Paul Thompson was educated at Bryanston School, the University of Bristol (BA) and the University of East Anglia (MA, PhD).[2]

Thompson worked as a scriptwriter and researcher for the Design Council 1987–88. He then joined the Design Museum as Curator of Contemporary Design and in 1993–2001 was its Director.[2]

During 2001–09, Thompson was Director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, USA. In 2009, he took up his current post at the Royal College of Art.[1] He is a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and on the Board of Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Wellcome Collection Programme Advisory Committee at the Wellcome Trust, London. He is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College's Institute for Global Health Innovation and co-directs the Helix Centre with Professor Lord Ara Darzi.[citation needed] The Helix Centre is a design research centre based in St Mary's Hospital, London.[citation needed]


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