The Woods built Oxford Instruments into a world-wide, high technology business, based on his invention of the world’s first superconducting magnet. Innovation has continued to drive the growth and success of the company. Sir Martin is now Honorary President of Oxford Instruments, but both he and his wife have encouraged and supported science based new business ventures, the awareness of science and local community projects since their retirement from the company.
Sir Martin said: “This is a great surprise – I have received awards before but nothing like this.” Lady Wood added: “We have had tremendous opportunities and very good luck.”
Jonathan Flint, Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments, sent his congratulations “ Sir Martin and Lady Wood have made a significant contribution to business and science both locally and internationally. This Award is very well deserved.”