Professor Ian Walmsley

Professor of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, and PVC for Research at University of Oxford


Provost of Imperial College London

Professor Walmsley graduated from Imperial with first class honours in physics in 1980, and completed his PhD at the University of Rochester before working as a postdoc at Cornell. He became Assistant Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester in 1988, and held a number of roles there before joining the University of Oxford in 2001 as Professor of Experimental Physics. He was also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Princeton University.

He became Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Oxford in 2009, and was appointed to the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in 2015.

As well as being a Fellow of the Institute of Physics he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012 for his contributions to quantum optics and ultrafast optics. He has held a number of leadership roles in the Optical Society of America, currently serving as President. Professor Walmsley was a member of the EPSRC Physics Strategic Advisory Team and was on the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics’ Science Advisory Board.