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Professor Martin D. Dawson FRS FRSE FIEEE FOSA FInstP 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 27 years ago, and he was also appointed inaugural Head and Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (Fh-CAP) in 2012. Martin has over 35 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 and Neuro-VLC. He gave the Rank Prize Lecture in 2014 and has received awards including Gabor Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics; Aron Kessel Award of the IEEE Photonics Society; Nick Holonyak Jr Award from Optica/OSA; Global Solid State Lighting Award of Outstanding Achievement from ISA; Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Photonics Society. He and his group have twice been awarded the IEEE Photonics Technology Letters Best Paper Award (2019 and 2022).

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Characterisation and application of a mode-locked (mode-locked, Q-Switched) cw Nd:YAG laser, Imperial College London

Award Date: 30 Jun 1985

Bachelor of Science, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Aug 1981

Unknown, Associateship of Royal College of Science (ARCS), Imperial College London

Award Date: 31 Jul 1981

External positions

Senior Research Scientist, Sharp Laboratories of Europe Limited

Apr 1991Feb 1996

Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Iowa

Sept 1988Mar 1991

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

Sept 1985Aug 1988

Research Assistant in Laser Optics, Imperial College London

Oct 1984Aug 1985


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