David Bomford, chair of conservation and Audrey Jones Beck Curator in the department of European art at the MFAH, led the creation of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. Before joining the MFAH staff in October 2012, David Bomford was acting director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he had previously been associate director of collections. He was a senior restorer at London’s National Gallery for almost 40 years. He has contributed to his field as an author and scholar as well as serving as Secretary General of the International Institute for Conservation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in organometallic chemistry from the University of Sussex before entering the field of art conservation. His fine reputation is built on his fundamental understanding of chemistry combined with keen observation and knowledge of art history.