UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Professor Polina Bayvel recognised in the 2023 Photonics 100 List

15 December 2022

Head of the Optical Networks Group, Professor Polina Bayvel has been recognised as one of the 100 most extraordinary people leading the way in the innovation, development and adoption of photonics technologies.

Polina Bayvel Photonics 100 press image

Launched by Europa Science - publisher of Electro Optics, The Photonics100 is a brand new initiative spotlighting individuals who have made remarkable strides driving photonics technology forward.

Nominated by the wider photonics community, the list is compiled by the editorial team at Europa Science. The list is made up of four categories - Photonics Vendors, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) using photonics, Start-ups, and Academia/Research.

One of the driving forces behind compiling the list is to highlight unsung heroes as well as notable individuals within the photonics industry. Some of the honourees that Professor Bayvel shares this title with include: Dr Ursula Keller, Head of Research, ETH Zurich - the recipient of the 2022 Swiss Nobel Prize, and Dr Bernard Kress, Director for XR engineering at Google Labs.

Mark Elliott, Head of Content, Europa Science, said:

"We are delighted to launch the very first edition of The Photonics100. Creating a fresh perspective on this innovative industry has provoked an extremely positive response from those working in it. Rather than focus on the business leaders, our aim is to recognise those individuals at the forefront of R&D; those pushing the boundaries in photonics and, of course, what it can do for the wider world. This dynamic development is exhilarating and we will continue to create different ways of sharing stories about the important work and ground-breaking technology led by nominees represented in this year’s list."

We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Bayvel on this incredible distinction!