Roy Sambles

Professor Sir Roy Sambles

Alma materImperial College London
Known forliquid crystal physics, surface plasmons, microwave photonics, Metamaterials, Natural Photonics
AwardsYoung Medal and Prize (2002)
Faraday Medal and Prize (2012)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Exeter

Professor Sir John Roy Sambles, FRS (born 1945) is an English experimental physicist and a former President of the Institute of Physics.[1]

Sambles, originally from Callington in Cornwall,[2] studied physics at Imperial College, London, gaining his BSc and PhD degrees there, and has since published over 400 papers in international journals. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 2002.[3]

Sambles is currently Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Exeter, he has a long and distinguished career researching the interaction of light with matter. His group at Exeter have studied a wide range of systems including: liquid crystal devices; iridescent butterfly wings; surface plasmons and microwave photonics. These studies have applications in liquid crystal displays for televisions and computer displays, highly sensitive detection of materials (e.g. for medical diagnosis), and optical and microwave communication.

In 2008, he was appointed to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.[2]

Sambles was knighted in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to scientific research and outreach.[4]

He had 3 children with his wife Sandy Sambles, they had Ivan Sambles, Nena Sambles (now Nena Yendall) and Gavin Sambles. They now have 4 grandchildren. Ivan and his wife had Libby and Anna Sambles, Nena and her husband had Mathew and Daniel yendall.

Edited books

  • 1998: (edited with Steve Elston) The Optics of Thermotropic Liquid Crystals. London: Taylor & Francis ISBN 978-0-7484-0629-6



  1. ^ "New president-elect is announced". The Institute of Physics.
  2. ^ a b "SCIENCE FUNDING HONOUR". This is Cornwall. Cornwall & Devon Media Ltd, City Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1QH. Retrieved 7 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660-2007". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  4. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B2.

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