The southampton/UCL interdisciplinary optoelectronics research centre


  • Prof. William A. Gambling

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    1. Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton Southampton S09 5NH (UK)
    • Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton Southampton S09 5NH (UK)
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    • Graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Bristol and then entered the University of Liverpool as a research student, becoming a Lecturer in Electric Power Engineering a year later and continued his research on electrical discharges in gases. He then took an NRC Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In 1957 he joined the Department of Electronics at the University of Southampton where he has been Head of Department and Dean of Engineering. He is presently Director of the University's Optoelectronic Research Centre which is an interdisciplinary research institute. Professor Gambling has held Visiting Professorships in the USA, Japan, Australia and India and has received many honors and awards including the J. J. Thomson, Faraday, Churchill and Simms Medals for his outstanding research contributions, as well as an International Micro-oplics Award (Japan 1989), the Dennis Gabor Award (USA 1990) and a Rank Prize (shared) for Optoelectronics (UK 1991).


Optical methods of data transfer and processing (optoelectronics) using lasers and optical waveguides offer a great speed advantage over puprely electronic processing. The history of the development of optoelectronics thchnology, its applications both today and tomorrow, and an Interdisciplinary Research Centre in the South of England devoted to its study and application are described by the centre's Director.