Brian is an internationally-recognised leader in (sub)millimetre-wave and terahertz frequency instrumentation
(primarily heterodyne receivers) used for
astronomy and atmospheric remote sensing experiments, and with wider
applications in imaging and spectroscopy. He has developed world-leading detection
systems at RAL Space and also whilst at the California Institute of Technology
(Caltech), USA, and led the UK technical contribution to the construction of
the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) – the world’s largest
and most complex radio astronomy observatory.
Brian is leading his technical engineering group in developing
state-of-the-art payloads for a next generation of weather monitoring
satellites, and creating new technologies that support climate studies,
astronomy and telecommunication research. Most recently, his team deployed a
new submillimetre-wave receiver at the Large Millimetre Telescope, Mexico, as part of a
project to share UK expertise in millimetre wave technology with engineers in
A limited number of Fellows are elected by peer
review from nominations made by existing fellows to recognise and promote outstanding and
continuing contributions to the profession.
Professor Chris Mutlow, Director of RAL
Space says: “I am thrilled that this much deserved honour has been awarded to
Brian in recognition of his leadership and the quality and importance of novel
developments he (and the team he leads) have delivered for our community over
many years. This is great for Brian and clear acknowledgement of the important
work we carry out within our programmes here at RAL Space”
his work pioneering millimetre-wave technology, Brian is also a Visiting Professor to the Open University (OU) where he engages with leading researchers and
interacts with postgraduate students. He has also fostered extensive
collaborations with other UK universities, supporting undergraduate student
placements within his group, and national and international research organisations.
says: “I am really delighted to have received this accolade. I feel that it not
only demonstrates my personal commitment to advancing engineering, but also gives
recognition to the terrific technical and scientific research and development
work that is undertaken within STFC and RAL Space.”
Brian will be welcomed to the Royal Academy of Engineers at a
ceremony on the 7th November. Read more about his nomination.