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Congratulations Professor Polina Bayvel FRS

Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society

Many, many congratulations to Professor Polina Bayvel, Head of the Optical Networks Group, on her election to Fellowship of the Royal Society. It is one of the highest honours a scientist can achieve in the UK and a very rare one for engineers.

Professor Bayvel has made major contributions to the investigation and design of high-bandwidth, multi-wavelength optical communication networks. Formerly a Royal Society University Research Fellow (1993-2003), her research has focused on maximising the speed and capacity of optical fibre transmission systems, and the fundamental studies of capacity-limiting optical nonlinearities and their mitigation.

She was one of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical networks over a range of distance and time-scales. She has established the applicability of these new optical network architecture concepts, which have been widely implemented in commercial systems and networks. These systems and networks underpin the Internet, and the digital communications infrastructure - and are essential for its growth.

Polina Bayvel is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2002), and a recipient of a number of awards. These include the 2013 IEEE Photonic Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 Royal Society Clifford Paterson Lecture & Medal, and 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award.

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