Royal Society Research Professorship for QuantIC’s Principal Investigator

Published: 15 January 2021

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Professor Miles Padgett FRS, Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow and Principal Investigator for QuantIC UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Imaging, has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society Research Professorship.

Royal Society Professorships provide up to 10 years of support for internationally recognised scientists from biochemistry, genetics, mathematics, chemistry, developmental biology and physics. The award supports leading academics to focus on their research.

Professor Padgett is one of just seven researchers to receive a Research Professorship in the latest round of announcements.

Linda Partridge, Biological Secretary of the Royal Society, said: “We are delighted to have appointed seven Royal Society Research Professorships this year. It is becoming more important to enable world-leading talent such as these exceptional scientists. By offering long term support to carry out exciting and visionary research, these scientists will contribute to and strengthen the continued success of UK science.”

The award will enable Professor Padgett to advance research in quantum science and optical imaging. An example of one of these new imaging systems is an ultrathin endoscope which is the width of a single strand of human hair. Professor Padgett’s team aspires to create a new generation of ultrathin endoscopes that can produce 3D images, bringing benefits both to medical imaging and industrial monitoring.

Professor Padgett said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to focus myself not only to the research we do, but also importantly the way we do it. I recognise the vote of confidence that this award signals both to the talents in my group, my colleagues in QuantIC and the University more generally. I look forward to continuing my work both in this research and our University’s strive to update our research culture”

First published: 15 January 2021