Prof. Jonathan Knight, the awarder of CAS President’s International Fellowship for distinguished scientist hosted by Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was recently elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in UK, for his exceptional contribution to science.
Professor Knight is a world-renowned pioneer in photonics and optics and well acknowledged as the co-inventor of the world's first photonic-crystal optical fiber with Tim Birks and Phillip St. Russell in 1990s, which has made broad and diverse applications from fundamental sciences to medical use. He was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials at the University of Bath as its founding director, and its spin-out company ‘BlazePhtonics’. He was also the winner of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2009), the Institute of Physics Optics and Photonics Division Prize (2012), the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics (2018), and a Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Fellowship for Distinguished Scientists (2019)
In 2018, Professor Knight signed the letter of intent with SIOM and agreed on an academic international partnership to jointly implement research on novel microstructured optical fiber and applications.
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.