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Richard Penty graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences in 1986 and a PhD for research into nonlinear optical fibre devices in 1990. Richard was then an SERC IT research fellow at Cambridge until taking up a lectureship in physics at the University of Bath in 1990. In 1996 he moved to the University of Bristol as a lecturer in electrical and electronic engineering. In 2001 he moved to the Cambridge University Engineering Department where he is Professor of Photonics. He was elected Master of Sidney Sussex College in 2013.
Richard's research interests include photonic integration, optical data communications, MMF systems (digital and analogue), high-speed optical communications systems, distributing sensing using RFID and RF over fibre.
Richard is the co-author of in excess of 700 refereed papers and receives many invitations to speak at conferences. He is the Programme Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development. He is a founder of Zinwave, PervasID and EComm. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Optoelectronics journal. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.