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Lucy Forde


Length Standards

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Areas of Expertise

  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Calibration of Survey Equipment and Installations
  • Length measurement
  • Nanometrology


BSc (Physics), Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ
BSc (Botany), Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ
MSc Hons (1st Class, Physics), Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ
PhD (Physics), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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Lucy joined the Length Standards area at MSL in 1999, working in general metrology and particularly on the development of capabilities in the metrology of surveying equipment, and more recently in nanometrology (especially atomic force microscopy).

Lucy grew up in Palmerston North and enjoyed studying the subjects of physics and botany at Massey University.  For her masters degree at Massey, she investigated the sources of contrast in NMR images of plant stems (mainly magnetic susceptibility, relaxation and diffusion effects at cell boundaries), and how these correlated with anatomical cell types.  Lucy then moved to Cambridge to study terminal ballistics effects between rods and plates, examining material properties at high strain rate. 

In her spare time Lucy is a keen whitewater kayaker and tramper, and enjoys travelling to far-flung parts of the world.

Professional activities: 

Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch