John Michael Dudley

Short Bio

John Dudley is currently Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Université de Franche-Comté and the CNRS Research Institute FEMTO-ST in Besancon, France.   He received his PhD in New Zealand in 1992, and worked in Scotland and New Zealand before his appointment as Professor in France in 2000.  His research spans a period of more than 25 years in which he has contributed to optical source development, ultrafast and nonlinear fibre optics, and the interdisciplinary physics of nonlinear waves.   He served as the President of the European Physical Society from 2013-2015 and initiated and chaired the UN International Year of Light & Light-based Technologies 2015 and the follow-up annual UNESCO International Day of Light.  He has won numerous national and international awards, including the Médaille d'Argent of the national French research agency CNRS, and the Harold E. Edgerton Award for High-Speed Optics of SPIE.  He has also received awards and recognitions from the learned societies APS, IEEE, IOP, and OSA.  In 2019 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Aparangi.