Professor Sir Michael Pepper FREng FRS of the LCN and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has been awarded the Faraday Medal for 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.
The Faraday Medal of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a bronze medal established to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first Ordinary Meeting of the Society of Telegraph Engineers.
It is the most prestigious of the IET Achievement Medals and 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.
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.
Sir Michael will be presented with his Medal at the President’s Address on 3 October 2013 at the Royal Institution