The Duke of York visited the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, London on 23rd February, 2013 to see its latest research and find out about its impact on UK society and how it supports the UK economy.
NPL is the UK’s national measurement institute, and is a world leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology. During the visit HRH was reminded of the importance of accurate measurements in a wide range of commercial, scientific and social applications.
With 388 laboratories on the NPL Teddington site, The Duke could only touch on a tiny proportion of the measurement sciences carried out at the facility. As a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, HRH was particularly interested in the development of the world’s most accurate clock. The measurements from the clock have far reaching implications for communications and satellite navigation, and will be crucial in the time-stamping of financial transactions. The Duke was also shown how measurement is crucial in relation to quantum computing, an area HRH has been following due to its large potential commercial implications with the development of a ‘Super Computer’. At the end of the visit The Duke was taken to the Acoustics Sound Rooms to see the work NPL has been carrying out to improve military communication technology.
The visit to NPL was part of HRH’s effort to promote and raise awareness of British science, engineering and technology expertise. The Duke believes that the UK is the best place in the world for Science and Engineering and maintaining this position is crucial for the UK’s long term economic prosperity. For more information about NPL please visit http://www.npl.co.uk/