Professor Russell Paul Cowburn FRS
Chair in Nanotechnology, Department of Physics, Imperial College London
Cowburn is distinguished for his research on magetism in nanostructures, and for the translation of his scientific discoveries into disruptive technologies. He pioneered the artificial structuring of magnetic materials by nanolithography to modify and control magnetic properties, making the first experimental observations of the vortex state in magnetic nanostructures and developing the concept of the domain wall conduit, which is now widely used in nanomagnetism. His measurements were facilitated by his own design of one of the most sensitive laser instruments to measure local changes in magnetisation. Half scientist, half technologist, he initiated the field of magnetic logic and is the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting laser-based technology Laser Surface Authentication.