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Ann Wintle

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Professor Ann Wintle

Awards: IoP Appleton medal and prize, 2008


Professor Ann Wintle has been at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences since 1989, and was given a personal chair in 1998. She obtained a BSc in Physics from Sussex University in 1969, and a DPhil from Oxford University in 1974. She received a DSc from Oxford in 1997 and a DPhil (Honoris Causa) from Uppsala University in 2001. Following a post-doc in Oxford at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology, she spent 2 years in the Physics Department at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, before returning to the UK in 1979 to set up thermoluminescence dating in the Godwin Laboratory for Quaternary Research in Cambridge.

In 1987 she was a lecturer in the Geography Department at Royal Holloway, London, before moving to Aberystwyth. In 2000/2001 she spent 6 months as a guest professor of the Swedish Natural Science Research Council in the Department of Physical Geography at Uppsala University. She was made an emeritus professor in 2001. In October 2007 it was announced that she had been awarded the 2008 Appleton Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, which is awarded for distinguished research in environmental, earth or atmospheric physics.

In February 2009 Ann was made an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Geography and a Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge University and In January 2011 she was made an Honorary Member of the Quaternary Research Association.

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