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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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Research Output

All-optical tuning of a diamond micro-disk resonator on silicon

Hill, P., Klitis, C., Guilhabert, B., Sorel, M., Gu, E., Dawson, M. D. & Strain, M. J., 17 Feb 2020, In : Photonics Research. 8, 3, p. 318-324 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Characterization, selection and micro-assembly of nanowire laser systems

    Jevtics, D., McPhillimy, J., Guilhabert, B., Alanis, J. A., Tan, H. H., Jagadish, C., Dawson, M. D., Hurtado, A., Parkinson, P. W. & Strain, M. J., 11 Mar 2020, In : Nano Letters. 20, 3, p. 1862-1868 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Colloidal quantum dot and hybrid lasers

    Author: McLellan, L., 16 Feb 2018

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


    Progress towards transfer printing of II-VI and III-V DBR-free VECSELs

    George Chappell (Speaker), Benoit Jack Eloi Guilhabert (Contributor), Ian Watson (Contributor), Martin Dawson (Contributor), Maria Tamargo (Contributor), Jennifer Hastie (Contributor)
    5 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon, and Nano-Photonics 2019 (OSA Advanced Photonics Congress)

    Stuart May (Speaker), John Robert McPhillimy (Participant), Benoit Jack Eloi Guilhabert (Participant), Michael Kues (Participant), Martin Dawson (Participant), Michael Strain (Participant), M. Clerici (Participant), Marc Sorel (Participant)
    29 Jul 20191 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    One thousand LEDs on a pinhead

    Martin Dawson (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce