Following 5 years at Oxford, John spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. He then worked for more than 30 years at Philips Research Laboratories in Redhill, Surrey. During this time, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands (1973-4) and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham (1989-91). This led to John's appointment as Philips Professor of Optoelectronics in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham, where he was also head of the Solid State Research Group (now PRFEL). Following his time at Nottingham, John spent a year as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tokushima, Japan in 1998 and a further year as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur in 2001. Over the course of his career, John's research interests have included microwave MASERs, III-V semiconductor, semiconductor devices, low-dimensional structures and nitride semiconductors. More recently, John's interests have been in the history of semiconductor physics and semiconductor electronics, where he has published 2 books: \"The Story of Semiconductors\", Oxford University Press, 2004 and \"Semiconductors and the Information Revolution\", Academic Press, 2009. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP), a Chartered Physicist (CPhys) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Professor John Orton is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Photonic and Radio Frequency Engineering Group, University of Nottingham and University of Nottingham.
Areas of Expertise
- History of semiconductor physics and semiconductor electronics
- III-V semiconductors
- Low-dimensional structures
- MBE growth of III-V materials
- Microwave MASERs
- Nitride semiconductors
- Semiconductor Devices