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Professor William J Nuttall


William Nuttall, or ‘Bill’ as he is often known, is Professor of Energy at the Open University, based in Milton Keynes. He is in the Department of Engineering and Innovation, part of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology. He moved to the OU in October 2012 from Cambridge University where he taught Technology Policy for ten years, most recently as a Senior Lecturer.

Following a First Class degree in Physics from the University of East Anglia in 1987 he won a Fulbright Post-Graduate Student Award to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study for a PhD in physics. His PhD was supervised by Professor RJ Birgeneau. On returning to the UK in 1993 he worked as a scientist at Keele and Birmingham universities and then for the Institute of Physics in science policy. He joined the teaching faculty of Cambridge University in 2002. In Cambridge he held a shared post between Judge Business School, where he was based, and Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is author of Nuclear Renaissance Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power (Taylor and Francis, 2005), co-editor of several other books and an author of more than fifty journal articles. In 2011 Professor Nuttall was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Professor Nuttall continues to have strong links with Cambridge. He continues to serve on the Management Committee of Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre. He is a Fellow of Hughes Hall.