National Physical Laboratory

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and the birthplace of Alan Turing’s ACE computer, the first universal computer of its kind; packet switching, the basis of the internet; and atomic time, the backbone of GPS and global communications.

Our measurement expertise has underpinned prosperity and quality of life in the UK for more than a century. Our role is highly diverse and finds us working on world-leading science and engineering that impacts healthcare, environmental monitoring, advanced manufacturing and the development of next-generation technologies and techniques, with the potential to further transform our lives; from new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments, to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G.

Based in Teddington, south-west London, NPL is home to 388 of the world’s most extensive and sophisticated measurement science laboratories.

Chief Executive Officer: Dr Peter Thompson
Turnover: £88 million
Number of staff: 730

National Physical Laboratory in the news

May 31, 2018
AIRTO is pleased to confirm new member appointments to its Board


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