Imperial College London

Emeritus Professor SirPeterKnight

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Research Investigator



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2.27 Royal School of MinesBlackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





  • Ives Medal and Award, Optical Society of America, 2008
  • Glazebrooke Medal, Institute of Physics, 2008
  • Royal Medal, The Royal Society, 2010
  • Thomas Young Medal, Institute of Physics, 1999
  • Einstein Medal, Society of Optical and Quantum Electronics, 1996
  • Humboldt Research Award, University of Konstanz, 2000

External Positions

  • chair, Central Laser Facility Board, STFC, 2017
  • member, Board of Trustees, The Royal Institution, 2011 - 2017
  • member, Science and Technology Advisory Council, National Physical Laboratory, 2015
  • member, National Quantum Technology Strategic Advisory Board, BEIS and EPSRC, 2014
  • Editor, Contemporary Physics
  • Member of Nomination Committee, and chair of the University Resarch Fellowships A(i) Panel, Royal Society, 2010
  • Member of Editorial Board, Progress in Optics

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow, Optical Society of America, 1997
  • Honorary Fellow, Institue of Physics, 2015


  • Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Society, 1999
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Optical Society of America
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Institute of Physics

Editorial Boards

  • Contemporary Physics, Member of editorial board