Professor James Hough, OBE FRS FRSE FAPS FinstP C.Phys FRAS

Past Member
Professor James Hough FRS FRSE FAPS FinstP C.Phys FRAS

Chief Executive of the Scottish Universities Physic Alliance (SUPA).  Kelvin Professor of Natural Philosophy and Associate Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research University of Glasgow.

Prof James Hough is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he became Professor of Experimental Physics in 1986 and Kelvin Professor of Natural Philosophy in 2009. Professor Hough has been Director of the University's Institute for Gravitational Research from 2000 to 2009 and is now Associate Director. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) in 2011.  Research Interests include Gravitational Wave Detection on ground and in space; ultra stable lasers, ultra sensitive mechanical systems, and investigation of materials of ultra-low mechanical loss. Winner of a Max-Planck research prize in 1991 he was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1991 and to the Royal Society of London in 2003, was awarded the Duddell Prize of the Institute of Physics in 2004 and the Gunning Victoria Prize lectureship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2008. Hough served on the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council from 2005 to 2007 and chaired the Education and Training Committee, and the Fellowship Panels, of the Science and Technology Facilities Council until April 2010, along with membership of the Education and Public Outreach Advisory Committee of the STFC. Hough is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Glasgow Science Centre. He is a member of the oversight committee for the Albert Einstein Institute in Golm, Germany, and chairs the Gravitational Wave International Committee, which comprises the directors of the gravitational wave detection projects worldwide. He has more than 200 technical publications in prestigious scientific journals to his name.  He was awarded an OBE in 2013 for his services to science.