Philip served from 2005-2013 as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, with responsibility for Research and Enterprise. He previously served as Director of the University’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and as Director of the Roll-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise. He holds the post of Professor of Acoustics and has personal research interests in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, signal processing, control systems and fluid dynamics.

Professor Nelson is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Acoustics, and the Acoustical Society of America.  He is the recipient of both the Tyndall and Rayleigh Medals of the Institute of Acoustics, and served as President of the International Commission for Acoustics from 2004-2007. He also served as the Chair of the Sub-Panel for General Engineering in REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014. He is the author or co-author of 2 books, over 120 papers in refereed journals, 30 granted patents, and over 200 other technical publications.