Professor Sir Michael Pepper, Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics at UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering, received the most prestigious of the achievement medals produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology from its President on the 3rd of October.
He receives the Faraday Medal for his work pioneering the basic and applied physics of advanced semiconductor structures. Building on his use of devices for investigating electron transport in disordered systems, he pioneered the physics of semiconductor nanostructures introducing techniques now used worldwide in proposed quantum information systems.
Sir Michael was the founding Managing Director of Toshiba Research Europe, Cambridge, which he attracted to the UK, and he started the extremely successful quantum communications programme. He co-founded the company TeraView which uses semiconductor devices to generate terahertz radiation and has pioneered new, unsuspected, applications of the radiation in medicine, security and industrial process control. He said of the award:
“I am greatly honoured by this award with its distinguished history. I feel that it indicates recognition of the field of nanotechnology, and the important role of the London Centre for Nanotechnology in the development of the field.”
The Faraday Medal of the IET is a bronze medal established to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first Ordinary Meeting of the Society of Telegraph Engineers. It is awarded for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering or for conspicuous service rendered to the advancement of science, engineering and technology or for lifetime achievement. The Award is made without restriction as regards nationality, country of residence or membership of the IET.
Sir Michael was presented with his Medal at the President’s Address on 3 October 2013 at the Royal Institution. Watch a video about the award and Professor Sir Michael Pepper’s work here: