Prof. Philip Russell
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
Philip Russell is a Director at the newly formed (January 2009) Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany and holds the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Chair at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He obtained his M.A. (1976) and D.Phil. (1979) degrees at the University of Oxford and subsequently worked in research laboratories and universities in France, Germany and the USA. In 1986 he returned to the UK, joining the Optical Fibre Group (now part of the Optoelectronics Research Centre) at the University of Southampton. From 1996 to 2005 he was professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Bath, where he founded and led the team that in 2005 became the Centre for Photonics & Photonic Materials. His interests range from the behaviour of light in periodically structured materials to nonlinear optics, waveguides, optical fibres and light-matter interactions in general. He was the founder of the start-up company BlazePhotonics Ltd (April 2001 to August 2004), whose aim was the development and commercial exploitation of photonic crystal fibre. He has over 600 publications and is co-inventor on more than 30 disclosures or patents covering many aspects of photonics. He was a Director-At-Large of the Optical Society of America 2007-2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Optical Society of America and has won several international awards for his research including the 2005 Körber Prize for European Science, the 2005 Thomas Young Prize of the Institute for Physics (UK) and the 2000 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize.