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Midland scientist receives top honour

1 April 2005

Midland scientist receives top honour

AN ACADEMIC from Aston University in Birmingham has received one of the UK's highest scientific honours� - a prestigious research award from the Royal Society, the UK's national academy dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Dr Sergei Turitsyn, who has won The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, is a member of the Photonics Research Group in Aston's School of Engineering & Applied Science. The Award provides funding for five years to individuals of proven distinguished ability so that they can undertake independent, original research. Only a handful of the Awards are presented each year and because they are given to honour remarkable personal academic achievement, the funding can be used for research without any specific limitations.

The Award is extremely competitive, making this a great achievement for the School of Engineering and Aston University as a whole.

Dr Turitsyn is one of the key members of the Photonics Research Group at Aston, which is a well established, world recognised centre for conducting research at the cutting-edge of high speed photonics and linking academic science with the industrial development of communication technologies. He is an internationally recognised authority on modern theories of nonlinear optics and optical fibre communications.� His main research areas involve high-speed fibre communication, nonlinear wave physics, the statistics of optical data transmission, nonlinear information theory and the design of practical fibre-optic transmission systems.

Dr Turitsyn said: 'I am extremely honoured to receive this award.� Aston is particularly known for the way in which teaching and research here are geared to the practical needs of the real world. The University has a strong record of innovation and intellectual property generation in applied, industry-driven areas of research. This recognition by the Royal Society is one more indication that Aston is establishing itself as a centre of excellence in fundamental science.

Professor Mike Wright, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University commented: 'I am very pleased to hear that Dr Turitsyn has received one of the highest awards that a scientist can receive in the UK. Speaking as an Aston engineering graduate myself, this is a great honour for the University and for Dr Turitsyn, who should be immensely proud of his achievement.'

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For further press information please contact Sally Hoban on 0121 204 4552. A photograph of Dr Turitsyn is available on request.

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For further information about the Royal Academy or the Research Merit Awards visit www.royalsoc.ac.uk

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