Martin W. King

Martin W. King

Biographical Sketch

Martin King joined the College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, as Professor of Biotextiles and Textile Technology in September 2000 following over 30 years experience working in industry, higher education, the healthcare and government sectors in Canada and Europe. 

After graduating in Polymer Technology from UMIST, Manchester, U.K., he worked for Hoechst-Celanese in Canada and the British Ministry of Technology developing new polyester, nylon and carbon fibers

For over 25 years Martin King has undertaken research at the intersection of biomaterials, implantable devices and textiles.  Through his pioneering work he has coined the term “biotextiles” to refer to implantable medical textile products.  He completed his PhD degree in biomedical engineering at l’Université de Technologie de Compiègne , France, and for 28 years was a full-time faculty member at the University of Manitoba, Canada.  He is widely published in the textile and polymer science, biomedical engineering, biomaterials and medical literature and since 2005 has been the Chaired Professor of Medical Textiles at Donghua University, Shanghai, China.  For the last 20 years he has also been a Visiting Professor of Biomaterials in the Department of Surgery at Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. 

Martin King is a member of the Society for Biomaterials (USA), the Textile Institute (UK), and a Fellow of the Institute of Textile Science (Canada).