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Professor of Energy, The Open University

William Nuttall joined the Open University in October 2012. Much of his work has focussed on technology and policy issues of civil nuclear power. He has had a leading role in studies devoted to particular energy-related materials including plutonium, helium, uranium, thorium and hydrogen.

Professor Nuttall’s career started in experimental physics and this technical background informs his interest in energy and technology issues. He has recently (2020) published books, as co-author or co-editor, on Fossil Fuel Hydrogen and Fusion Commercialisation and, in 2019, on Energy and Mobility in Smart Cities.

He is also author of 'Britain and the Bomb - Technology, Culture and the Cold War', Whittles Publishing, 2019.


  • 2005–2012
    Senior Lecturer Technology Policy, University of Cambridge
  • 2002–2005
    Lecturer and MPhil Course Director, University of Cambridge


  • 1993 
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Physics