Philip Russell


TitleProf., D.Phil., FRS
First namePhilip
Last nameRussell
Phone +49 9131 7133 200

Director of the Russell Division – Photonic Crystal Fibres

Professor Philip Russell is a Director at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), a position he has held since January 2009 when MPL was founded.

He obtained his D.Phil. (1979) degree at the University of Oxford, spending three years as a Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford.

In 1982 and 1983 he was a Humboldt Fellow at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (Germany), and from 1984 to 1986 he worked at the University of Nice (France) and the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.

From 1986 to 1996 he was based mainly at the University of Southampton.

From 1996 to 2005 he was professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Bath. His research interests currently focus on scientific applications of photonic crystal fibres and related structures.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Optical Society of America (OSA) and has won several international awards for his research including the 2000 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize, the 2005 Thomas Young Prize of the Institute for Physics (UK), the 2005 Körber Prize for European Science, the 2013 EPS Prize for Research into the Science of Light, the 2014 Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis and the 2015 IEEE Photonics Award.

He is currently OSA's 2015 President, in the International Year of Light.

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