Cyril Hilsum Medal awarded
30 April 2008
Dr Sally Day (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) has been presented with the Cyril Hilsum medal by the British Liquid Crystal Society at their annual conference.
Dr Day has been working in the field of liquid-crystal devices and applications for the last 20 years, initially at Thorn EMI and RSRE, Malvern (now Qinetiq), then at UCL as a Royal Society University Research Fellow, where she is now a Senior Lecturer. Her work at RSRE covered improvements in liquid-crystal display devices as well as nonlinear optical applications of liquid-crystal materials. At UCL, in the Optical Devices & Systems Laboratory in the Photonics Group she has been concerned with the use of liquid crystals in tunable microlenses and wavelength-selective Fabry Perot filters.
More recently she has been concerned with the application of modelling software developed by the Computer Modelling Research Team of Dr Anibal Fernandez (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering), which can simulate the performance of liquid-crystal devices in 3D. Her work on liquid-crystal displays has covered design of Liquid Crystal on Silicon devices, cholesteric polarisers, large-area displays for architectural applications and, starting recently, a 3D-stereoscopic display.
The Cyril Hilsum Medal is awarded to British candidates for overall contributions to liquid-crystal science and technology. The award is made to more senior scientists who have made notable contributions to the subject over a number of years.