Professor Richard Penty elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE)

Congratulations to CDT Director, Professor Richard Penty from Cambridge University on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Professor Richard Penty was among 59 new Fellows elected by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) at their AGM this week.

The RAE commended him as follows:

Professor Richard V Penty, Professor of Photonics: "Richard Penty’s innovative work has led directly to products using photonics technology that have contributed to billion dollar markets. His first venture into the world of optical communications was via a student sponsorship with the National Coal Board where he designed a 1Mb/s optical line card. His current research interests include optical data communications, MMF systems (digital and analogue), high-speed optical communications systems, optical amplifiers, optical switching and routing, RF over fibre and short pulse, high power semiconductor lasers. He is a founder of Zinwave and PervasID."

The Fellows, recognised to be amongst the UK's most accomplished engineers from industry, business and academia, were welcomed by Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He said: "We welcome our new Fellows: the collective expertise and vision of the best engineers is what drives our ambitious agenda and makes so many good things possible. We are making progress in our aim to encourage a broader-based Fellowship that is more representative of the society we serve. But we cannot afford to be complacent and are continually reviewing our membership strategy to see how we might strengthen it."

Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. The Fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for their activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.

More information on this year's new Fellows can be found at