Audrey Wood

Audrey Wood (1927-), scientific entrepreneur, is a co-founder of Oxford Instruments. Audrey was born in China, and was educated at the University of Cambridge. In 1959 Audrey and her husband Martin in set up Oxford Instruments in their home, to produce and sell electromagnets. In 1961 they wound their first superconductor magnet, which produced high magnetic fields for little energyinput. The company became one of the most successful university spin-off firms, producing instruments and superconductor magnets for customers around the world, including those used in the first Magnetic Resonance Imagery [MRI] machines. In their retirement the Woods have established the Sylva Foundation and Science Oxford to support scientific entrepreneurs.

  • Birth name Kathleen Audrey Stanfield
  • Born 1927 Hankow, China
  • Occupation Scientific instrument designer, entrepreneur
  • Disciplines Scientific Instruments
  • Education University of Cambridge

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