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Mark Neil studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge before pursuing his Ph.D. in Optical Information Processing at the Engineering Department there. Moving then to the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University he continued his work in Optics as a post-doctoral researcher and college lecturer until joining the Photonics Group in the Physics Department at Imperial in 2002, where he became Professor in 2009.
With such a broad academic background it is hardly surprising that he often finds himself working in multidisciplinary projects alongside engineers, medics, chemists and biologists and on problems as diverse as studying the inner workings of cancer cells to the manufacture of mirrors for forthcoming generations of extremely large astronomical telescopes. While imaging, microscopy and metrology are the mainstays of his work, underpinning this are technologies that enable the control of light by computer that are now changing how we view the potential applications of optical systems.