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New Distinguished Visitor

Prof Roy Sambles FRS has joined the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) as a Distinguished Visitor to support and challenge NPL's science, engineering and technology.

Professor Roy Sambles FRS FInstP
Professor Roy Sambles FRS FInstP

The Distinguished Visitor Programme invites renowned experts from industry, academia, government and the third sector to work closely with our scientists to deliver specific projects and contribute to NPL's culture of innovation. The Programme launched in 2016 and Roy joins NPL's three existing Distinguished Visitors, Prof Richard J Parker, Simon Devonshire and Sir Colin Dollery.

Roy has been Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Exeter since 1991 and, over the past 30 years, has worked on the optical properties of liquid crystals, explored the interaction of light with structured metal surfaces (plasmonics), pioneered work on molecular rectification and elucidated the photonic structures in butterfly wings.

In 2002, Roy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his substantial contribution to scientific research, and he was awarded the Faraday Medal of the Institute of Physics in 2012. Roy was President of the Institute of Physics from October 2015 to September 2017, and is currently Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials at Exeter, which opened in April 2014 and now supports over 60 PhD students.

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Last Updated: 3 Oct 2017
Created: 3 Oct 2017

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