It is with great sadness that Oxford Authentication announces the death of our founder and Company Director, Doreen Stoneham, following a chronic illness.

Doreen was the founding director of Oxford Authentication and world expert in thermoluminescence dating who started conducting authenticity tests in 1970, originally with the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art at Oxford University where the process was pioneered. It was there in the early 1980’s that Doreen perfected the technique for the safe and reliable testing of porcelain and other fired ceramics. She founded Oxford Authentication in 1997 and in 2008 Doreen was awarded the Gabor Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics for her distinguished work in the application of physics in an industrial, commercial or business context.

She leaves behind her two daughters, Elise and Nicola and three grandchildren.

Elise and Nicola, both scientists, have been directors of Oxford Authentication since 2011 and will continue to grow and develop the company while maintaining the same standards of excellence set by Doreen.  They will be supported by the highly experienced staff at Oxford Authentication including founder member and Company Manager Helen Mason who has worked with Doreen since 1995. Dr Greg Adamiec will continue in his role as lead scientist. Greg has collaborated with Doreen since 1993 and is an internationally recognised expert in TL and OSL dating and dosimetry who was trained by Doreen in the area of TL authenticity testing.

27 May 2022