Prof Sir David N Payne, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton will be one of our speakers at the 2019 IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics! We are so proud and happy to have him with us at the IET Savoy.
Professor Sir David Neil Payne CBE FRS FREng is a leading Professor at the University of Southampton and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre. A world-class pioneer of technology, his work has had a great impact on telecommunications and laser technology over the last forty years. The vast transmission capacity of today’s internet results directly from the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) invented by David and his team in the 1980s. His pioneering work in fibre fabrication in the 70s resulted in almost all of the special fibres in use today including fibre lasers which are currently undergoing rapid growth for application in manufacturing and defence.
David has made numerous leading contributions to many diverse fields of photonics and is widely acknowledged as an inventor of key components. With US funding, he led the team that broke the kilowatt barrier for fibre laser output to international acclaim and now holds many other fibre laser performance records. An original member of the Highly Cited Researchers (USA) he is honoured as one of the most referenced, influential researchers in the world. He has published over 650 Conference and Journal papers.
As an entrepreneur, David’s activities have led to a cluster of 11 photonics spin-out companies in and around Southampton – helping to boost the local economy. He founded SPI Lasers PLC, which has been purchased by the Trumpf Corporation of Germany for $40M. He is an Emeritus Chairman of the Marconi Society and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. David is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
In addition, he has been awarded the top American, European and Japanese prizes in photonics. Awards include the Marconi Prize in 2008 and the 2007 IEE Photonics Award the first to be awarded to a person outside the USA. In 2010, David received the AILU (Association of Laser Users) Award for his pioneering work with fibre lasers. In 2018, he was elected as a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy. He became a Commander of the British Empire in 2007 and knighted in the 2013 New Years Honours list.