Visiting Professorial Fellow Professor Keith Julian is to retire from the University after 21 years of association which began with involvement with PREST (Policy Research in Engineering in Science and Technology) through Professor Stan Metcalfe CBE, and continued with PREST’s successor organisation, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research.
Keith took his doctorate at Oxford studying chemistry and began his association with the University towards the end of a career in industry that saw him working for firms in sectors from chemicals to high technology such as ICI, Chloride and then BICC.
At ICI he developed a strong and abiding interest in statistical methods as the means to understanding the operation of engineered systems. This was an interest which he then pursued towards the end of his career in industry through academic engagement with a visiting professorship at the University of Newcastle where one objective of the research was to examine the shaping of a company by its accounting systems.
At Manchester he began working with Dr John Rigby of PREST in the area of bibliometrics, writing and publishing papers on research council strategy, research field evaluation and development, and peer review processes including – most recently – journal peer review and the influence on citation impact.
In recent years Keith has continued his work on the control of chemical and bio-chemical processes through involvement with The International Biodeterioration Research Group (IBRG) a body funded under the auspices of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Keith’s busy career saw him serve as President of the Manchester Statistical Society, as well as Chairman of the UK Science and Engineering Research Council Committee on Chemical Engineering, where his incisiveness was apparently admired by civil servants who did not wish to miss their trains back to London!