Sir David Payne (second from left) receiving his award at VinFuture 2022, Vietnam (Image: Daily Echo)
A SCIENTIST from the University of Southampton, whose pioneering work made possible the internet as we know it today, has received a major international award.
Sir David Payne is Professor of Photonics and Director of the University’s Center for Optoelectronics Research.
He has been recognized worldwide for his research in the development of fiber optic technology.
Sir David, who lives in Hamble, has just received his latest accolade in Hanoi, Vietnam: the VinFuture Foundation Grand Prize.
The 78-year-old has been praised for his breakthrough in what is known as the Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA), which made the optical backbone of the internet possible.
On receiving the award, Sir David said: “VinFuture 2022 is a great prize. Beyond the purpose of honoring scientific and technological inventions, the award also serves as a bridge connecting the bright minds of scientists, contributing to collaboration on groundbreaking ideas and helping to change the lives of millions of people across the world. world.
“For me, the biggest accolade is recognition from my peers, other scientists. To be on the same platform as Tim Berners-Lee, Vinton Cerf and other award winners is absolutely amazing to me.
“As I approach the end of my career, I can now look back and say I did something that changed the world. It’s important to me.”
Thirty-five years ago, Sir David and his team at Southampton achieved one of the most important developments in modern telecommunications.
It was a discovery that was to transform the internet and become the backbone of the internet as we know it today.
Now, 35 years later, his development of the Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) – the world’s first successful optical amplifier, which uses the rare-earth ion erbium to boost signal intensity when they propagate through the global network of billions of miles of fiber optics – still plays a central role in our global communications.
One of the UK’s most recognized scientists, Sir David remains at the heart of this pioneering work. He has received numerous awards and international recognition during his prestigious career spanning more than 50 years.
The University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Center is one of the largest and most important research institutes in the world.
Its staff have received numerous awards for their work, but the VinFutures Grand Prix is perhaps the most prestigious. Ranked 12th in the UK and in the top 100 worldwide, the University of Southampton is a world-class institution with campuses in Southampton, Winchester and Malaysia.
Under the theme “Reviving and Reshaping”, the prestigious 2022 VinFuture Awards, now in its second year, aims to find and celebrate outstanding scientific and technological achievements that create positive change as a result of the pandemic.