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Adam Hirst PhD, MSc, MPhys, EPA


Adam is a patent attorney in our Electronics, Computing & Physics group.

Adam has experience drafting and prosecuting UK and European patent applications covering a range of technologies, primarily related to telecommunications, consumer electronics, and lone-worker systems.

Education & background

Adam completed his interdisciplinary PhD at the University of York in 2016, where his research involved developing a new method to treat prostate cancer using cold plasmas, sat at the interface between physics and biology.  He then continued to lead and develop the project further during a short postdoctoral stint before joining the patent profession.

He presented his research at UK and overseas conferences, winning awards for his conference presentations.

Adam published four scientific publications in highly regarded journals, the most recent of which was a comprehensive review of how the emerging field of low temperature plasmas could revolutionise cancer treatment.  He was also interviewed on live BBC radio about his research.

During his time at University Adam spoke at many outreach events.  He was also a finalist in the 3-Minute Thesis competition, where speakers were required to explain their research to a general audience in under three minutes.

Prior to his PhD Adam completed an MSc degree in Fusion Energy and has a keen interest in sustainable technologies and the environment.  He also holds an undergraduate masters (MPhys) in experimental physics.

On a personal note...

Outside of work Adam spends his time learning Kung Fu, which he has been practising for the last five years.  He also enjoys watching sports, getting out walking and the occasional round of golf. Adam is also a trained Mental Health First Aider and a passionate member of our Diversity and Inclusion team.