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Dr Gary Hawkins


Gary received his PhD from the University of Reading in 1999 for research in optical thin-film engineering, with a thesis on the optical characterisation and application of absorptive and dispersive mechanisms to infrared filter materials for predictive multilayer filter design modelling. He is a Chartered Physicist, and Member of the Institute of Physics (1994), a member of the the Optical Society of America (OSA) (1995), and is a member of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) (1999). Gary has worked at the University of Reading since 1985, during which time he has been actively involved and responsible for many projects in the specialist design, research and fabrication of precision infrared optical filters and coatings for the astronomical, atmospheric and planetary remote-sounding communities. He has authored and co-authored over 35 journal and conference papers and published a book on the effects of Space exposure on infrared filters and materials (ISBN 07049 04098). He has occupied the appointment as Head of the Infrared Multilayer Laboratory since 2002, and is an Associate Professor at the University.


Gary has been presented with an award from the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) for his extraordinary contributions to the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Observatory. The James Webb Space Telescope Significant Achievement Award is in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the JWST mission.


During my time working in the Infrared Multilayer Laboratory, I have worked on many international space and astronomy projects - a selection of which are listed below.