Peter Wells
FF, FE, Cardiff University, UK

Peter Wells trained in electrical engineering (BSc, Aston University), physics (MSc, Bristol University) and zoology (PhD, Bristol University). He was awarded the DSc by Bristol University in 1978, the honorary DTech by Lund University in 1997, the honorary MD by Erasmus University in 1998 and the honorary DSc by Aston University in 2010.

Appointments: Research Assistant, United Bristol Hospitals, 1960-1971; Professor of Medical Physics, Welsh National School of Medicine (now Cardiff University School of Medicine), 1972-1974; Chief Physicist, United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust (and its predecessors) 1975-2000; Honorary Professor in Clinical Radiology, Bristol University, 1986-2000; Associate Medical Director for Research and Development, United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, 1996-1999; Professor of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Bristol University, 2000-2001, now Emeritus; Non-executive Director, Weston Area Health NHS Trust, 2001-2004; Consultant, Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, 2001-2005; Visiting Professor, Imperial College London, 2002-present; Distinguished Research Professor, Institute of Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, 2004-present; Visiting Professor, University College London, 2011-present.

Peter Wells has served as President of the British Medical Ultrasound Group (now the British Medical Ultrasound Society), the British Institute of Radiology (the oldest radiological society in the world) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

His research has been mainly in the field of medical ultrasonics. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 18 books, 179 journal papers and 149 other publications. From 1992 to 2006, he was editor-in-chief of “Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology”, the official journal of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), and a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW) and the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is also: Honorary Fellow, British Institute of Radiology, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Royal College of Radiologists, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine, International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound; Honorary Life Member, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology; Honorary Member, British Medical Ultrasound Society, Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine, Korean Society of Ultrasound in Medicine; and Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine.

In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to healthcare science