Southampton Professor Given Knighthood
David Payne, a professor here at the University of Southampton for the past 50 years, has received a Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours List. The award is for […]
David Payne, a professor here at the University of Southampton for the past 50 years, has received a Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
The award is for his services to photonics, the science and application of light and electronics. Payne pioneered research in optical fibre transmission systems – the internet probably wouldn’t exist without him. Often dubbed “the man who made phone calls free” he is one of the highest honoured scientists in the UK.
Upon being told he was to receive the Knighthood, his modesty took over as he noted:
Thousands of engineers and scientists worked away in the background and changed our world for the better. When some of us are recognised publicly for what we have achieved, it is a wonderful accolade for us all.
Vice-Chancellor, Don Nutbeam is also said to be delighted that Payne is being “recognised with this prestigious honour.”
With accolades like this, it can be sure that Southampton will remain at the top of its game for Engineering even if there are fewer students.