Professor Alf Adams
Professor Alf Adams FRS is a well-known British physicist who invented the strained-layer quantum-well laser, considered to be one of the top ten greatest UK scientific breakthroughs of all time.
It powers the internet, CDs, DVDs, supermarket checkouts and billions of other devices.
|1967||Joins the University of Surrey|
|1980||Takes a sabbatical to work on semiconductor lasers at the Toyko Institute of Technology in Japan|
|1986||Along with his team, he proposed that the electronic band structure of quantum-well lasers could be significantly improved by deliberately growing the active layer in a state of strain.|
|1995||Awared the Duddell Medal and Prize|
|1996||Elected Fellow of the Royal Society|
|2012||He gives the inaugural lecture at the Royal Society, for the Alf Adams lecture series, established to showcase the University of Surrey's ground-breaking research|
|2014||Awarded the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for his work on strained-layer quantum well lasers|
|2014||In March, he was subject of the BBC Radio 4 programme, Professor Jim Al-Khalili's The Life Scientific|
|2015||Since retirement from the University of Surrey, he holds the position of Emeritus Professor|
"Professor Alf Adams should be a billionaire. And, if not famous as such, at least acknowledged by more than an academic niche for his work, a collective nod of the head for a genuinely inspired breakthrough. Adams essentially made the digital world we live in possible."Prof Stephen Sweeney, Professor of Physics