New Director for the Science Museum 23 Jul 2007

The World-renowned Science Museum in South Kensington has appointed Professor Chris Rapley CBE as its new Director.

Professor Rapley is currently Director of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), where he has gained a reputation for visionary leadership; positioning BAS firmly in the international and national limelight as the worldwide centre of excellence in its field.  He is also well known as an expert in climate change science and as the architect of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

Professor Rapley said: “I am thrilled at the prospect of taking on the leadership of such a cherished national institution, especially as the task I have been set is to make it the most admired museum in the world.”

He will take up the post on 1st September.

Professor Martin Earwicker, Director of the National Museum of Science and Industry – which comprises the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford – said:

“We are delighted to have been able to attract such a high calibre figure from the world of science after an extremely a wide ranging search to find the very best candidates for the role. Chris will concentrate on leading the Science Museum’s cultural agenda, building the international reputation of the museum brand with sponsors, government and the public, and becoming the public face of the museum.”

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