John Bond

Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester


Dr John Bond OBE read Applied Physics at the University of Bath and then went on to research for a DPhil at the University of Sussex in space plasma physics.

Following a period as a Research Fellow at Sussex (sponsored by the Royal Commission for the exhibition of 1851) and some time in private industry, John joined Northamptonshire Police in 1993 to head the force’s Forensic Science Department. Since then, John has become more and more interested in understanding the forensic process (from a crime being reported to it being solved) and how it can be used to solve more crime with forensic science.

In recent years, this has led to John’s involvement with a number of UK universities, principally in the areas of Forensic Psychology, Criminology, Chemistry and Physics. More recently, this involvement has been in increasing collaboration with the University of Leicester and, in recognition of this, John was made a Fellow of the University in 2007.

In 2011 John took early retirement from Northamptonshire Police and currently works in the University of Leicester's Department of Chemistry developing the University's interest in forensic science research and teaching. In the past four years, John has published over forty research papers in forensic science and physics and has taken out several patents related to new ways of visualising fingerprints. 

One patent was included in Time magazine’s top 50 inventions of 2008 and BBC Focus magazine’s inventions ‘most likely to change the world’ of 2009.

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Anita Noray

Department of Engineering
University of Leicester

+44 (0)116 252 2539