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Personal Statement

Professor Martin D. Dawson FInstP FOSA FIEEE FRSE is a physicist known for his work on lasers and compound semiconductors. He is Director of Research in the University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics, which he helped establish 20 years ago, and he was also appointed inaugural Head of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (F-CAP) in October 2012. Martin has over 30 years’ experience of applied research gained in academia and industry in the UK and USA and he has been involved in the formation and technical development of a number of spin-out businesses, most recently including mLED Ltd. He holds an EPSRC Programme Grant on visible light communications and gave a Rank Prize Lecture in 2014 on ‘Applied Research in Photonics’. He was awarded the 2016 Gabor Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and the 2016 Aron Kessel Award by the IEEE Photonics Society.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London

Bachelor of Science, Imperial College London

Unknown, Imperial College London

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, Sharp Laboratories of Europe Limited

Apr 1991Feb 1996

Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa

Sep 1988Mar 1991

Research Scientist/Visiting Asst. Professor, University of North Texas

Sep 1985Aug 1988

Research Assistant in Laser Optics, Imperial College London

Oct 1984Aug 1985

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Projects 2004 2023

Research Output 1998 2018

Open Access
organic semiconductors
spontaneous emission

A transfer-printed micro-LED and polymer-based transceiver for visible light communications

Rae, K., Manousiadis, P. P., Islim, M. S., Yin, L., Carreira, J., McKendry, J. J. D., Guilhabert, B., Samuels, I. D. W., Turnbull, G. A., Laurand, N., Haas, H. & Dawson, M. D., 14 Nov 2018, In : Optics Express. 26, 24, p. 31474-31483 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
transmitter receivers
optical communication
light emitting diodes


Colloidal quantum dot and hybrid lasers

Author: McLellan, L., 1 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Laurand, N. (Supervisor) & Dawson, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Gallium nitride light-emitting diode enabled visible light communications

Author: Ferreira, R., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Dawson, M. (Supervisor) & Martin, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Aron Kressel Award (IEEE Photonics Society)

Martin Dawson (Recipient), 4 Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Awarded FOSA (Fellow of the Optical Society)

Martin Dawson (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1998 2016

Progress in Quantum Electronics (Journal)

Dawson, M. (Editor)
1 Jan 201631 Dec 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial board member

Progress in Quantum Electronics (Journal)

Dawson, M. (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review


One thousand LEDs on a pinhead

Martin Dawson (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce