Dr. Lindsay Sharp is the Director of the London, UK-based National Museum of Science and Industry – a family of museums that include the National Railway Museum, the Science Museum and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.
Born in Britain and raised in Australia, Sharp earned his doctorate in the History of Ideas (science/natural philosophy) in 1976, receiving the Clifford Norton research fellowship in the History of Science from Queen’s College, Oxford. He started his museological career at the Science Museum in London the same year he received his PhD, and for the next two decades, worked all over the world.
In Australia, Sharp led the team responsible for creating the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and also served as Director, Entertainment and Leisure, for Merlin International Properties in Australia and the United Kingdom. He was CEO/Executive Consultant to the Earth Exchange – a regenerated tourist, environmental and educational facility in the Rocks, Sydney and Deputy Director/Senior Museum Consultant to the Milken Family Foundation, in Santa Monica, California. He served as President and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum from 1997 to 2000.