Meet our fellows

We believe that attracting a diversity of fellows with different backgrounds and experiences is pivotal to enriching and growing the IOP community.

You might be surprised by the variety of professions our fellows work in. Some fellows would not consider themselves practising physicists, but have made accomplishments and impact in their sector that can be recognised and celebrated through fellowship.

Read on to find out what fellowship means to them.

“The IOP is a professional organisation with a strong reputation. Consequently, my fellowship is visible to international colleagues and to others outside academia. This has meant that I’ve been offered opportunities to contribute to other disciplines and committees that I may not have otherwise had.”
Professor Helen Gleeson, Head of School and Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Leeds

"Joining the IOP gives you a feeling of belonging and access to a huge network of physicists in the UK in University departments and industry. The publications produced by the IOP, such as Physics World, and information leaflets, such as "Improving Gender Balance - Reflections on the impact of interventions in schools" contain either forefront research articles or provide invaluable information."
Professor Valerie Gibson, University Professor of High Energy Physics

“[IOP fellowship] means being part of a community of like-minded people who commit to promote physics at a certain standard and to act as a physics role model.”
Dr Yvonne Gründer, Royal Society Research Fellow, Liverpool University
“Fellowship establishes credibility in the profession. It gives you confidence that you are acknowledged for the work that you do and focuses a CPD path which keeps education and training alive. Gaining fellowship of a leading institution is a great achievement which gives you great confidence in your career.”
Ian Scott, General Manager and Head of HSES, Balfour Beatty
“For me, applying for fellowship [...] was also important to show that just because I’m not a career academic, it doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped being an active physicist.”
Daniel Hook, Managing Director, Digital Science


Not sure if you’re eligible for fellowship? It’s always best to contact us to discuss your skills and experience before ruling yourself out. You can call us on 020 7470 4800, send an email to, or submit your details here and we’ll arrange to contact you.

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