Pres­ti­gious hon­our for univer­sity pro­fes­sor

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A pro­fes­sor at St An­drews Univer­sity has been given a top award to mark his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to physics.

Pro­fes­sor Kis­han Dho­lakia has been awarded the In­sti­tute of Physics (IOP) Thomas Young Medal and Prize for 2017 for his dis­tin­guished con­tri­bu­tions to the field of op­ti­cal mi­cro-ma­nip­u­la­tion, us­ing shaped light fields in liq­uid, air and vac­uum.

In ad­di­tion to his fun­da­men­tal pho­ton­ics stud­ies, his work over the last two decades has also in­cluded us­ing shaped light for bio­med­i­cal imag­ing, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on early de­tec­tion of can­cer, neu­ro­science and de­vel­op­men­tal bi­ol­ogy.

Prof Dho­lakia said: “I am truly honoured and hum­bled to re­ceive this highly pres­ti­gious award.

“It is a recog­ni­tion of my whole group’s work in this ex­cit­ing area of op­ti­cal ma­nip­u­la­tion and be­yond. They share this ac­co­lade with me.”

Thomas Young was a well-known physi­cian who de­vel­oped the wave the­ory of light and de­ci­phered Egyp­tian hi­ero­glyphs us­ing the Rosetta stone.

The IOP awards recog­nise and re­ward ex­cel­lence in peo­ple and teams who have made out­stand­ing and ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tions to the strength of physics.

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