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INNOVATIVE AND PROGRESSIVE
We bring skill, experience and openness to new ideas to address the needs of the 21st Century
We approach what we do with passion, with care and with pace.
We started out in a garden shed and went on to develop the world’s first superconducting magnet, support Nobel Prize winners and win 14 Queen’s Awards. Today, we’re continuing our work to help overcome the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
Oxford Instruments is founded
by Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, as the first commercial spinout from Oxford University.
We opened our first workshop in a shed in the Wood family’s garden in Oxford
World’s first superconducting magnet
Sir Martin Wood developed the world’s first superconducting magnet.
We hired our first two full-time employees
We manufactured the world’s first commercial dilution refrigerator.
Queen’s Award for Technology
We won our first Queen’s Award for Technology for our 10 T superconducting magnet and dilution refrigerator.
We celebrated our ten-year anniversary with 105 employees
We built the first commercial NMR magnet.
Second Queen's Award
We won our second Queen’s Award for our ‘rapid and sustained’ rise in exports
As part of the acquisition of Newport Instruments, we briefly operated a profitable luxury caravan manufacturing division
Third Queen's Award
We won our third Queen’s Award for the ‘most powerful and convenient NMW spectrometer in the world’
World’s first MRI body scanner
We built and installed the world’s first MRI whole body scanner for Hammersmith Hospital, London.
Floated on the London Stock Exchange
Plasma Technology joined Oxford Instruments.
We acquired Link Analytical, which became part of NanoAnalysis.
R&D 100 award
We won an R&D 100 award for the first analysis system that detects Be X-rays.
Cryogen-free magnet systems
Our first cryogen-free magnet systems were created.
We opened new offices in Beijing in China and High Wycombe in England, and moved in to brand-new premises in Tubney Wood near Oxford.
Sir Martin Wood Prize
We established the Sir Martin Wood Prize for early-career scientists in Japan.
Science Prizes for young scientists
We launched the Nicholas Kurti and Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prizes for young scientists in Europe and North America.
Following the acquisition of VeriCold the previous year, we launched the Triton brand.
Nobel Prize in Physics
The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov "for ground-breaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene” using Oxford Instruments tools.
MacRobert Award for Engineering
Triton, our Cryofree ® dilution refrigerator system, was shortlisted for the MacRobert Award for Engineering.
13th Queen's Award
We won our thirteenth Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Best Technology Company
We acquired Asylum Research in California and Oxford Instruments were awarded Best Technology Company at the PLC Awards.
We acquired Andor Technology in Belfast.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 was jointly awarded to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy” using Oxford Instruments tools.
The Nanotechnology Forum and Young NanoScientist Award are established in India.
We launched Dragonfly, our confocal imaging system.
We launched our Horizon Strategy to focus on market segments where nanotechnology drives world leading research.
Asylum Research launched Cypher VRS video rate AFM.
Our partners at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) successfully created a magnetic field of 32 Teslas, shattering the world record.
Dragonfly R&D 100 Award
Dragonfly won an R&D 100 Award as one of the most technologically significant products of the year
14th Queen's Award
We won our fourteenth Queen’s Award for innovations during the development of Ultim Extreme.
Royal Mail Stamp
To highlight the best of British innovation and engineering from the last 50 years, the Royal Mail produced a new stamp celebrating our application of superconducting magnets to produce the first whole body MRI scanner.
Awards & Recognition
14 Queen's Awards
4 R&D 100 Awards
Finalists in MacRobert Award in 2012, from Royal Academy of Engineering
Established the Sir Martin Wood Prize for early-career scientists in Japan.