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Anthony T. Barker, Ph.D.
Dr. Barker recently retired from the U.K. National Health Service after 38 years in the Sheffield Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. An engineer by training, Dr. Barker’s Ph.D. was on the study of peripheral nerve conduction velocities. During this period he started to investigate nerve stimulation using magnetically induced currents. He continued this work after his Ph.D. and led the group which invented the technique of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), now widely used throughout the world for basic research, diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Barker has an active interest in the public understanding of science and has given many named and public lectures including the Faraday lecture series, the Silvanus P Thomson series, and a Royal Institution Discourse. He is an honorary Professor Associate of the University of Sheffield, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He received the inaugural International Brain Stimulation Award in 2017 for the development of TMS.