Andrew Bell joined the University of Leeds as Professor of Electronic Materials in March 2000. He had previously held research posts in UK industry with the Plessey Company, Cookson Group and Oxley Developments and had been a Senior Scientist in the Ceramics Laboratory of EPFL, Switzerland from 1991-95. His research, resulting in over 160 publications, has covered a wide range of ferroelectric materials and devices including pyroelectrics, PTC resistors, multilayer capacitors and piezoelectrics for sonar and ultrasound applications. He is a founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of Ionix Advanced Technologies Ltd, a company formed to exploit his group’s work on high temperature piezoelectric materials. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the IoM3 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016. He received the IEEE-UFFC Ferroelectrics Recognition Award in 2012, the IoM3 Verulam Medal in 2014 and the Japanese Ferroelectrics International Award in 2015.