Jeremy Klein, PhD

Risk Manager

Jeremy has a 1st in Physics from Manchester University, a PhD in Medical Physics, also from Manchester and an MBA from London Business School. He’s spent his career in technology and management consultancy.

He considers his most significant past project to have been for the UK government when he led an influential study of the human side of the transition from analogue to digital television. His approach to science and management combines rigour and critical thinking.

He has published in peer-reviewed journals across both science and management. He is Chairman of RADMA, the R&D Management Association, which co-owns an academic journal, supports research in R&D management, sponsors the annual R&D Management Conference and runs the outreach website RnDToday.

Get to know Jeremy

Name a favourite scientist, inventor or researcher and tell us why you like them?

Richard Feynman, a quantum physicist, avowed atheist and science communicator.

What do you think is the most interesting area of research for the future? (Yes, it’s broad).

Despite having a PhD in physics I see myself now as a social scientist too. I’m really interested in research on how people interact with AI and VR, and how culture and psychology can be explored using large datasets.

Tell us one of your favourite quotes?

“Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will” Antonio Gramsci.

What gadget or piece of technology are you most excited by?

In my daily life I am still amazed at voice operated devices like the Amazon Echo. When I was at school, none of us would ever have believed that there would ever be a computer that could respond intelligently to natural language.

If you could put SSL’s filter in anything, where would you put it?

I’d put it in the exhaled air path of a face mask. Currently, exhaled air is not filtered and this means that there can be transmission of pathogens from mask wearers.

Which book have you given away the most. Why?

“On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen” by Harold McGee. Many of my friends are scientists and many are also good cooks. This book is for them.

No problem or barrier is enough to dampen the team’s spirit and resolve. That’s truly unusual.

Jeremy Klein, PhD

Fun Filtration Facts

Juice with or without pulp/bits? (i.e. filtered or unfiltered)

With bits.

Do you filter your coffee? If so how do you take it? (moka pot, espresso machine, french press etc.)

Yes, I use a cafetiere.

Where/what was the best water you ever tasted? (i.e. tap water in Lisbon or Volvic water etc.)

I’m not very discerning when it comes to water, though I like carbonated water the best.

What’s the freshest air you’ve ever experienced? (i.e. on a mountain in the Pyrenees).

In the Rocky Mountains in the USA.

If you could put SSL’s filter in anything, where would you put itIf you had to get rid of one tiny particle, which would it be? (i.e. cat hair, pollen)

Mould spores. I hate how I get mildew on things during the winter.

If your air purifier had to emit an odour instead of absorbing them, which smell would you choose?