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Roy Sambles

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Nationality  United Kingdom
Residence  United Kingdom

Name  Roy Sambles
Fields  Physicist
Role  Physicist
Awards  Young Medal and Prize
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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

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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.

Edited books

  • 1998: (edited with Steve Elston) The Optics of Thermotropic Liquid Crystals. London: Taylor & Francis ISBN 978-0-7484-0629-6
  • Awards

  • 1998 - the George William Gray medal of the British Liquid Crystal Society.
  • 2002 - Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
  • 2003 - Young Medal and Prize, for distinguished research in the field of optics presented by the Institute of Physics.
  • 2012 - Faraday Medal and Prize, "For his pioneering research in experimental condensed matter physics."
  • References

    Roy Sambles Wikipedia