The SI Reference Point: a digital reference for measurement units and quantities
Bureau International des Poids et Mesures
Dr Martin Milton received a BA in Physics from Oxford University in 1981 and a PhD in Laser Physics from Southampton University in 1990 followed by an MBA from the London Business School in 1991.
Dr Milton joined the BIPM in October 2012 as Director Designate and became Director on 1 January 2013. Before his move to the BIPM, Dr Milton spent 31 years at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), United Kingdom where he was a Fellow in the Analytical Science Division.
As Director of the BIPM he manages 71 staff and oversees the impact of the programme of work and relations with stakeholders, including principally the 64 Member States and 36 Associates States and Economies.
During his term as Director, the BIPM has introduced the new definitions for the SI base units which has changed the global perspective on metrology at the highest level. He is now driving forward the digital transformation of metrology and of BIPM’s services. In 2022, he sought the approval of Member States a new initiative to increase participation in the work of the BIPM to reach the goal of universal engagement conceived by the founding nations in 1875.
Dr Milton has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has received several awards including most recently the Finkelstein Medal of the Institute of Measurement and Control for notable contributions to measurement internationally.