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

October 11, 2018
CEO of NPL appointed as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

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


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