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  • Research Assistant UCL 1979-82
  • Experimental Officer UCL 1982-88
  • Director Optical Investments Ltd 1994-2015
  • Associate Research Fellow UCL 1988-95
  • Lecturer UCL 1995-97
  • Reader in Optical Science UCL 1997-2008
  • Royal Society Industry Fellow UCL 2003-07
  • Principal Research Associate UCL 2008-09
  • Professorial Research Associate UCL 2009-15
  • Visiting Professor Huddersfield 2015-16
  • Professor of Ultra Precision Surfaces,   Huddersfield 2016 - present
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate UCL 2016 - present

Major achievements:

  • Development of cryogenic CCD cameras
  • Developed novel Echelle Spectrograph and commissioned at the 3.9m AAT (Australia); design principles adopted for Utrecht Echelle Spectrograph on 4.2m William Herschel Telescope - Acted as consultant to Utrecht group.
  • Commercialisation of research in computer controlled polishing
  • Several Large Telescope design studies; Korean space camera tech. development
  • Formative research in CNC polishing; Gemini High-Res spectrograph studies
  • Developed High Res Optical Spectrograph and commissioned at 8m Gemini telescope (Chile)
  • Successful delivery of new 1.8m mirror and auxiliary optics for Birr Telescope refurbishment.
  • Bi-directional tech-transfer with Zeeko Ltd
  • Established National Facility for Ultra Precision Surfaces at OpTIC Centre, N. Wales
  • Successful technical proposal leading to securing of €5m E-ELT prototype mirror-segment contract
  • Advanced polishing and metrology research and its exploitation
  • Establishing new research programme under Huddersfield University

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Research in manufacture and metrology of precision and ultra-precision surfaces for optics and other precision applications
  • Research into process-automation and robotics, as applied to iterative rather than deterministic processes; leading towards the ultimate vision of a fully-autonomous manufacturing cell
  • Research into optical instrumentation techniques in general and astronomical instrumentation in particular

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Optics and Photonics
  • Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Applied Optics
  • Interferometry
  • Measurement and Metrology
  • Metrology
  • Optical Metrology


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