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Nobel physicist receives honorary degree from City University London

Professor Zhores Alferov is honoured at the graduation ceremony of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics.
by John Stevenson

nullProfessor Zhores Ivanovich Alferov has been awarded an honorary doctorate by City University London in recognition of his distinguished and globally recognised contribution to science and technology. The presentation was made during the graduation ceremony of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics, on Wednesday 23 January. One of the most distinguished and globally recognised physicists of the last 50 years, Professor Alferov's research has helped to transform the landscape of telecommunications, particularly fibre-optic, satellite and cellular communications systems around the world. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of semiconductor heterostructures in high-speed optoelectronics, in 2000.

Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London said:

"Professor Alferov is one of the pre-eminent scientists of his generation and a true research pioneer whose discoveries have changed the world in which we live. We are delighted that he has accepted an Honorary Doctorate from City."

The University confers honorary awards on those who have achieved international academic distinction or held major leadership roles nationally or globally in its academic subjects: business; law; health sciences; engineering; mathematics; informatics; social sciences; and the arts, including journalism and music.

Commenting at the graduation ceremony where he received his award, Professor Alferov said:

"We should never underestimate the importance of training junior researchers, whose discoveries may transcend national boundaries for the benefit of all mankind. There is a proud history of collaboration in science and academia between the United Kingdom and Russia which supports the development of the next generation of great scientists."

Among his many appointments Professor Alferov is the Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the Chairman of the St Petersburg Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences and since 1998, Dean of the Faculty of Physics and Technology at St Petersburg State Polytechnic University (SPSPU). Since 1995 Professor Alferov has been a member of the Russian State Duma (the lower House of the Federal Assembly of Russia) and a member of the Presidential Board for Science, Technology and Education.

In 1999 Professor Alferov established an educational centre for physics and technology at the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the RAS in St Petersburg which, since 2009, has been functioning as St Petersburg Academic University. City's School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences maintains a long-standing research relationship with the Ioffe Institute.

Professor Alferov has received many prestigious awards and honorary degrees from over 25 universities and institutes around the world and has an asteroid named in his honour. He is the author of four books, more than 500 scientific papers and 50 inventions in semiconductor technology.

In 2012 City awarded more than 5,000 degrees and 1,800 students graduated at this week's ceremonies, including over 200 graduands from the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics. They will join more than 130,000 alumni from City University London, which is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for both graduate-level jobs (The Sunday Times University Guide 2013) and starting salaries (Which University?). Destinations for graduates from the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics include globally recognised companies such as Rolls Royce, Amazon, Airbus and Ernst & Young.

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