Angela McLean to become first female chief scientific adviser

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has appointed Professor Dame Angela McLean to become the first female chief scientific adviser (CSA) for the organisation.

She will be responsible for overseeing its core research programme, leading technology strategy and working with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to boost battle-winning capabilities using scientific expertise.

Among the triumphs for previous CSAs include improving body armour for British service personnel and devising a potentially life-saving test for sepsis.

The role is part of the MoD's £1.6 billion yearly investment in research and development, with the UK having a commitment under NATO to invest 20 per cent of its defence budget on equipment.

Professor McLean has a distinguished background in science and is currently a senior research fellow at All Souls College in Oxford University.

Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt said: "As a highly respected scientist, Professor McLean is a role model to all those wanting to pursue a career in this area, and will bring extensive knowledge and expertise to the role."

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