David N. Payne

David N. Payne

Awarded the Marconi Prize in 2008

The 2008 Marconi Fellow and the Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton in the UK, is internationally renowned as a research leader in photonics.


Payne's successful entrepreneurial efforts have helped establish nine photonics companies and he has received the top American, European and Japanese prizes in photonics, a rare achievement. He won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2007 Photonics Award, and he received the UK Rank Prize for Optics and the prestigious US Tyndal Award. A Franklin Laureate (USA) and, most recently, an Eduard Rhein Laureate (Europe), Professor Payne is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.