Five out of sixteen IOP awards went to Scottish physicists this year.
IOP Awards recognise teams and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the development or reputation of physics in the UK or Ireland. You can find out more about their work in academia and in industry on the IOP news website
One of the winners is Dr Graeme Malcolm received the Swan Medal award for his role in founding M Squared Lasers, and his contribution to the design and manufacture of transformative award-winning photonics products. The IOP’s president, Professor Roy Sambles said:
“the revolutionary technology M Squared develops has global impact” and that this was in no small part due to Malcolm’s drive and commitment to his work.
Malcolm has created two multi-million pound companies. Together, they generate more than £300m and employ around 150 high-level graduates and PhDs, designing more than 25 world-class products and exporting high-value laser systems all over the world.
M Squared Lasers is now one of the UK’s highest-growth technology companies. with more than 70 staff specialising in the development and manufacture of high-performance lasers for aiding research into quantum technologies, chemical sensing and biophotonics. You can find out more about it and Malcolm’s work here.
Previous winners of the Swan Business & Innovation medals include those working in KP Technology, IBM Research, Renishaw, Oxford Instruments Nanoscience, Cambridge Display Technology, Andor Technology.