Professor Peter Wells CBE
It was with great sadness that the wider Find A Better Way community recently learned of the death of one of the charity’s champions, Professor Peter Wells CBE.
He will remembered in the wider scientific community as a pioneer in the use of ultrasonic technology for medical use, but he also played a crucial role in the establishment and development of Find A Better Way.
As the first chairman of the charity’s Scientific & Users Advisory (SUA) Panel, a position he held from May of 2011 until March of 2016, Professor Wells led Find A Better Way’s scientific direction and was involved in the launch of numerous research projects.
Professor Wells was also instrumental in establishing Find A Better Way’s wider relationship with the scientific community, especially with the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council.
Professor Antony Peyton, who leads Project SEMIS at the University of Manchester, worked closely with Professor Wells over several years. He commented, ‘Peter will always be a fantastic role model for me, and I am sure many others in the scientific community will say the same. He was truly inspirational in his professionalism, integrity and scientific approach. He also gave me great encouragement for our research on humanitarian demining techniques. I will very much miss his encouragement, constructive criticism and support – and also his friendship.’
Find A Better Way CEO Lou McGrath said, ‘Peter’s legacy will be felt across the scientific community, but we were especially lucky to have him play a central role at Find A Better Way in the charity’s formative years. He held a long list of titles and awards, which testify to the calibre of the work he undertook, but we hope that his dedication to landmine-related research will result in many lives saved in the years and decades to come. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.’