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David Hanna was born in Nottingham, England on April 10, 1941. After his education at Nottingham High School, he read Mathematics with Physics at Cambridge University, graduating in 1962. He then spent a year at the Marconi Research Labs as an English Electric graduate trainee, before entering the Electronics Department at Southampton University in 1963 as a research student, and gaining a PhD in 1967. His academic career began with appointment to a lectureship at Southampton University in 1967, where he has remained, apart from periods of sabbatical leave at the Politecnico di Milano (1971), the University of Munich (1978-9), the Max Born Institute, Berlin 2001 and 2003, and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, in the summer of 2006, as a Carl Zeiss Visiting Professor. He was promoted to a Chair in Physics in 1988 and in 1989 was appointed to his current position as Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre.The main theme of his research has been the development of sources of coherent optical radiation and within this field his research has covered extensive areas of nonlinear optics and laser physics. These include pioneering studies of nonlinear optical processes in atomic vapours and gases, optical parametric oscillators, and quasi-phase-matched nonlinear materials, while in laser physics he has made innovative contributions to the physics of resonators and mode control, and to the development of solid-state lasers, including fibre lasers and waveguide lasers. He has published over 300 scientific papers, and has presented numerous invited/plenary papers at international conferences. He co-authored the book ‘Nonlinear Optics of Free Atoms and Molecules′ (Springer 1979).Professor Hanna has been involved in the promotion of many major conferences, including being Chair of the European Subcommittee for CLEO-US in 1992, Programme co-chair for CLEO-Europe in its inaugural year (Amsterdam 1994), General co-chair for CLEO-Europe (1996, Hamburg). He was vice-chair, (2001) and chair (2003) of the Gordon Research Conference on Nonlinear Optics and Lasers.He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America to serve for three years (1997-1999) as Director-at-Large and in 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the OSA. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of London in 1998.In 1993 he was awarded the Max Born Medal and Prize by the German Physical Society. In 2000 he was awarded the Quantum Electronics Prize of the European Physical Society and a Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2003 he was awarded the Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America.
Prof David Hanna is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton and University of Southampton.