Dr Paul Atherton, co-Founder and past Chairman of Nexeon, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution to the profession. The RAE is the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology.

In their citation, the RAE noted that Paul is a world-recognised engineering nanotechnologist, inventor, product designer, successful innovator of imaging interferometers and picometre sensors and control devices, and an engineering entrepreneur who has created five high-tech businesses. He has had a major role in many more, both technically and by raising and investing over £100 million in UK engineering companies.

He lectures in engineering nanotechnology at the Universities of Cambridge and Cranfield, and is Director of the Imperial Venture Mentoring Service. He is Chairman of FungiAlert, Phase Focus, Sussex Place Ventures, a Director of Infinitesima, and was formerly a Governor of London Business School, President of euspen and a Director of Imperial Innovations.