Prestigious new appointment for Professor Robert Lamb

February 14 / 129

Professor Robert Lamb at the Australian Synchrotron
Professor Robert Lamb at the Australian Synchrotron

Professor Robert Lamb from the School of Chemistry will lead Canada’s national synchrotron, the Canadian Light Source, at the University of Saskatchewan.

Professor Lamb was previously the Chair of the Board of the Australian Synchrotron Research Programme and subsequently founding Director of the Australian Synchrotron, which is located in Clayton, Victoria.

The Australian facility opened in July 2007. It is a source of highly intense light ranging from infrared to hard x-rays, and is used primarily for research purposes.

It is the largest stand-alone piece of scientific infrastructure in the southern hemisphere comprising a massive circular electron accelerator that would fit comfortably into the MCG. It is one of 40 similar facilities around the world. 

The appointment was announced by the chair of the Canadian Light Source (CLS) Board of Directors, Walter Davidson and the University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac. 
 “We are thrilled to have a scientist of Professor Lamb’s stature lead our national synchrotron,” said Professor Busch-Vishniac. 

“Canadian Light Source users make an enormously important contribution to research that affects our environment, our health and the economy. Professor Lamb has the management and research experience needed to understand the many dimensions of leading such a large global centre.”

Professor Lamb said he was honoured to take up this appointment with the Canadian Lightsource, which is effective from 1 August.  

“It’s a considerably larger and diverse operation than our local facility,” he said.

“The CLS continues to expand rapidly and will soon host a large-scale medical isotope production facility, which uses X-rays from a particle accelerator instead of a nuclear reactor. 
“I’m very excited to be part of the next chapter of its life,” he said.

Professor Lamb has a BSc and PhD from the University in Chemistry and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge. He is a leader in surface and thin film interface science. Along the way he has trained more than 80 postgraduates, been involved in numerous scientific publications including 39 patents and the creation of four technology companies, most recently in Hong Kong/China.

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