|Nationality United Kingdom|
Residence United Kingdom
|Name Roy Sambles|
Awards Young Medal and Prize
|Alma mater Imperial College London|
Known for liquid crystal physics, surface plasmons, microwave photonics, Metamaterials, Natural Photonics
Notable awards Young Medal and Prize (2002) Faraday Medal and Prize (2012)
Education Imperial College London
Institutions University of Exeter
Butterflies and metamaterials with professor roy sambles
John Roy Sambles, FRS (1945-) is an English experimental physicist and President of the Institute of Physics.
Sambles, originally from Callington in Cornwall, studied physics at Imperial College, London, gaining his BSc and PhD degrees there, and has since published over 400 papers in international journals. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 2002.
Sambles is currently Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Exeter, he has a long and distinguished career researching the interaction of light with matter. His group at Exeter have studied a wide range of systems including: liquid crystal devices; iridescent butterfly wings; surface plasmons and microwave photonics. These studies have applications in liquid crystal displays for televisions and computer displays, highly sensitive detection of materials (e.g. for medical diagnosis), and optical and microwave communication.
In 2008 he was appointed to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.