Professor Richard Dendy

BioPhoto-RichardDendyProfessor Richard Dendy graduated in Physics from Oxford University and, after completing Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge University, obtained his doctorate from Oxford in Theoretical Physics under the supervision of the late Dirk ter Haar. Since 1995 he has led the Theoretical Physics group in the nuclear fusion research programme conducted by Euratom and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Culham in Oxfordshire, and he is concurrently a Director of the Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics at Warwick University. He has published one hundred and forty refereed journal articles on plasma physics in natural and laboratory environments, is author of two textbooks, and since 2005 has served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. Professor Dendy has co-supervised fourteen PhD students in the past dozen years: primarily from Warwick University, and also from Imperial College and Nottingham University. Since 2007 he has served as external examiner of an MSc course at Queen's University Belfast, and in 2010 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Physics at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. He has had productive scientific collaborations with American physicists, in particular at General Atomics in San Diego and at Princeton University's Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Professor Dendy is a member of the Physical Sciences Strategy Advisory Team of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and of the Board of the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society, where his responsibilities include liaison with the American Physical Society. Since 2005 he has advised the Ministry of Defence on the UK's nuclear weapons programme as a member of the Nuclear Research Advisory Council, and since 2007 as a member of the Internal Peer Review Group of the Strategic Weapons Project Team. He also contributes to work on counter proliferation taken forward by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In these areas, too, there are significant technical and policy links to the United States.

Professor Dendy was appointed a Commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission with effect from 1st August 2010.