David Richardson (physicist)

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David Richardson

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David Richardson at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
David John Richardson

1964 (age 54–55)[1]
EducationTaunton’s College
Alma materUniversity of Sussex (BSc, PhD)[2][3]
AwardsRoyal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Southampton
ThesisThe production of, and experiments with, monochromatic ultra cold neutrons (1989)

David John Richardson FRS FREng[5] (born 1964) is a Professor and Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton.[2][4][6]


Richardson was educated at St George’s Roman Catholic School, Southampton and Taunton’s College.[1] He completed his Bachelor of Science degree and PhD in Physics at the University of Sussex in 1989.[3]

Career and research[edit]

Richardson is a pioneer in the field of photonics, best known for his work on fibre optics and their applications.[5] He has played a leading role in developing techniques to scale the data-carrying capacity of future optical communication networks to keep up with society's demand for ever increasing internet bandwidth.[5] He has developed optical fibres of high performance – capable, for example, of transmitting large quantities of data across the internet at high speed.[5]

Richardson was also one of the first to demonstrate the potential of compact, flexible, pulsed fibre lasers operating over a broad range of powers, pulse durations and wavelengths.[5] Over many years he has extended the performance limits of fibre lasers, making them strong contenders to conventional lasers and contributing to their commercial success.[5] His work extends to fibres capable of delivering kilowatts of optical power for manufacturing with lasers.[5]


  1. ^ a b Anon (2019). "Richardson, Prof. David John". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b "Professor David Richardson - Optoelectronics Research Centre - University of Southampton". www.orc.soton.ac.uk.
  3. ^ a b Richardson, David John (1989). The production of, and experiments with, monochromatic ultra cold neutrons. jisc.ac.uk (Thesis). University of Sussex. Copac 42677383.
  4. ^ a b c d e f David Richardson publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2018). "Professor David Richardson FREng FRS". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  6. ^ Richardson, D. J.; Nilsson, J.; Clarkson, W. A. (2010). "High power fiber lasers: current status and future perspectives [Invited]". Journal of the Optical Society of America B. 27 (11): B63. doi:10.1364/JOSAB.27.000B63. ISSN 0740-3224. closed access

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