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Singapore honour for optoelectronics pioneer

Published: 27 July 2016
Professor Sir David Payne
Professor Sir David Neil Payne CBE FRS FREng is a leading Professor at the University of Southampton

Professor Sir David Payne has been recognised for his revolutionary work in optoelectronics by one of the University’s leading partners in Asia.


Sir David, Director of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), has received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. The Doctorate was conferred during ceremonies which mark the 25th anniversary of NTU’s inauguration as a university.


As a visiting professor at NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Sir David proposed the setting up of the Research Centre of Excellence in Advanced Photonics Technologies at NTU. His efforts in galvanising the participation of various agencies and in securing funding were instrumental in the establishment of South-east Asia’s first high-tech fibre optic research manufacturing facility.


Professor Payne said, “Working with NTU, the leading young university in Asia, is a rewarding and breath-taking experience. Receiving the honorary doctorate is a delight because this honour is a reflection of all those in the Photonics Institute who have helped create a global institute in such a short time. Photonics in Singapore is now truly on the map. Moving on, NTU strives to do even better and if I can assist in developing its global influence, it will be an even greater privilege.”


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