Prestigious honour for university professor
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.