Precision measurement recognised with national award

Monday, 22 May 2017

A University of Adelaide researcher working on precision measurement has been recognised by the National Measurement Institute (NMI).

Professor Andre Luiten, Director of the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing and Chair of Experimental Physics, has been awarded the Barry Inglis Medal for outstanding achievement in measurement research and excellence in practical measurements.

His team has pioneered new techniques for extremely precise and accurate measurement which have previously been possible in only a handful of national laboratories like the NMI.

His work has been applied across a wide range of fields from large-scale defence radar systems to radio astronomy, and from atomic clocks and timekeeping to fundamental physics.

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy said the award acknowledged the importance of metrology – or measurement science – in everyday life.

“Measurement is vital for so many aspects of modern life; it underpins decision making in business, science, technology, industry, sport and even politics,” Mr Laundy said.

“Professor Luiten has shown tremendous innovation in his field, and I congratulate him on this achievement.”

The annual award marks World Metrology Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention on 20 May, 1875.

The convention sets the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and its application in industry, science and society.


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