Philip Russell (physicist)

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Philip St. John Russell, FRS, (born March 25, 1953, in Belfast) is a Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany. His area of research is "photonics and new materials".


Education and career

Russell obtained his DPhil in 1979 at the University of Oxford, where he was working on volume holography. From 1978 he was a Junior Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford.[ citation needed ]

In 1982 he moved to the Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. In 1986 he joined the fibre optics group at the University of Southampton and began to work on the realisation of his idea of photonic crystal fibres, which were first demonstrated practically in 1996. Between 1996 and 2005, Russell worked at the University of Bath, and during his time there built up and led the Photonics and Photonic Materials Group (PPMG). He then joined the Max Planck Research Group at the Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, which became the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.[ citation needed ]

Russell's area of research covers the examination of new optical materials, especially of photonic crystal fibres, [1] and more generally the field of nano- and micro-structured photonic materials.

He is the founder of BlazePhotonics Limited, a company whose aim was the commercial exploitation of photonic crystal fibre. The company, which holds the world record for low loss hollow core photonic crystal fibre, was acquired by Crystal Fibre a/s in August 2004.[ citation needed ]

Awards and honours

Russell is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the founding chair of the OSA Topical Meeting Series on Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling in Glass. In 2000 he won OSA's Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize for the invention of photonic crystal ("holey") fibre, which he first proposed in 1991.

In 2002 he won the Applied Optics Division Prize of the UK Institute of Physics. In 2004 he won the Thomas Young Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, and in 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

In September 2005 he received the Körber European Science Prize from the Hamburg-based Körber Foundation and in 2014 he was awarded the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis. In 2015 he was awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Photonics Award.

He is the recipient of a Royal Society/Wolfson Research Merit Award,[ when? ][ citation needed ] and in 2018 won the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics. [2]

He is currently[ when? ] a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer.[ further explanation needed ]

Selected publications

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  1. Russell, Philip. "Emerging Applications of Photonic Crystal Fibers". 29 February 2016. SPIE Newsroom.
  2. "Philip Russell receives the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics". Max Planck - uOttawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2020.