The Worshipful Company of Engineers congratulates member of the Freedom, Professor Julian William Gardner FRS FREng on being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Julian Gardner is an outstanding scientist and engineer, who has pioneered and led the field of artificial olfactory sensors (“electronic noses”) almost since its inception, making major contributions to all aspects of the field. He has designed novel micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) based sensor architectures and signal-processing algorithms allowing him to solve very challenging odour and gas sensing problems – opening up new application domains from microbial detection to chemical communication.  

Julian is the founder of several companies that have successfully exploited different aspects of his research. He has won many significant awards, including most notably the JJ Thompson Medal 2007, the IEEE Technical Award 2017 and (jointly) the Royal Society Mullard Award in 2018.  He is a fellow of the IET, IEEE and Royal Academy of Engineering as well as serving on the Industrial Fellowships Panel of the Royal Society; and a past chair the European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Panel for Engineering.

Julian has had a major impact in the scientific field of artificial olfaction and continues to work in sensor research both at Warwick University and with various companies