Elected: 2012
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Kenneth William David Ledingham FRSE

Professor of Physics; William Penney Professor of Laser Nuclear Physics (AWE plc), University of Strathclyde.

Professor Kenneth Ledingham is a nuclear physicist with an interest in using high-powered lasers to carry out nuclear physics and applications, e.g. formation of radioactive isotopes, nuclear transmutation and the generation of proton and heavy ion beams for ion oncology. He is also interested in using high-powered lasers and resonant lasers for the ultra-sensitive detection of explosives, environmental pollutants and drugs of abuse. Kenneth studied at the University of Glasgow to obtain his BSc (1959), PhD (1963) and DSc (1995). In 1962 he was appointed Assistant Lecturer at Glasgow and has remained there until 2001. He then joined the University of Strathclyde as Professor of Physics.