BiographyI was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School which I graduated from in 1977. I was then employed by a local engineering firm - British Timken - at the time of the micro-processor revolution. The firm sponsored me to take a BSc at, the then, Huddersfield Polytechnic. I graduated from there in 1981 and left British Timken to undertake a PhD with British Telecom Research Labs, Martlesham Heath. The subject of my research was preamplifier design for optical receivers and it resulted in the first IC implementation of such a design. I graduated with my PhD in 1984 and then stayed on as a Research Fellow investigating the design of a Digital Pulse Position Modulation (DPPM) coder and decoder. The line rate at that time (1986) was 300 Mbit/s which was fast at the time.
At the end of my contract, I joined the academic staff of Huddersfield Polytechnic, now Huddersfield University, where I continue to research optical communications. My current areas of work are in developing novel coding schemes for use in plastic and glass optical fibres. I have published over 40 journal and over 40 conference papers as well as books on electromagnetism, optical communications and telecommunications. Outside work I enjoy reading and cooking.
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