Dr Paul Dean

Born January 23rd 1933; educated at Hackney Downs Grammar School and Queen Mary College, University of London; BSc first class honours and PhD in physics; joined (National Physics Laboratory) NPL in 1957 in the Mathematics Division: Head of the Central Computing Unit in 1967; Superintendent of the Division of Quantum Metrology, 1969; Deputy Director 1974-1976; Director 1977-1990.

As Director of NPL he was responsible for initiating testing laboratory accreditation in the UK, which led to the development of NAMAS in 1985.

He was a member of the international Committee of Weights and Measures from 1985 to 1990 and a founder member and president of the British Measurement and Testing Association from 1990 to 1995. With the Deputy Director Andrew Wallard, he helped to establish EUROMET, which was set up to further advance international collaboration in the development and dissemination of measurement standards in Europe.