Miles Padgett

  • Professor
  • University of Glasgow, Scotland

Miles Padgett is a Royal Society Research Professor and also holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He is currently acting as the Interim Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

His research team covers all things optical, from the basic ways in which light behaves as it pushes and twists the world around us, to the application of new optical techniques in imaging and sensing. They are currently using the classical and quantum properties of light to explore: the laws of quantum physics in accelerating frames, microscopes that see through noise, shaped light that overcomes diffraction-limited resolution and endoscopes the width of a human hair.

He is currently the Principal Investigator of QuantIC, the UK’s Centre of excellence for research, development and innovation in quantum enhanced imaging, bringing together eight Universities with more than 40 industry partners.

He is a Fellow both of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society (the UK’s national academy), in addition to subject specialist societies. He has won various national and international prizes including, in 2019, the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society and in 2021 the Quantum Electronics and Optics Prize of the European Physical Society. Since 2019 he has been named by Web of Science as a globally highly-cited researcher.

Miles celebrates the academic and post-academic careers of his former group members, science is a collaborative endeavour.

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