Derek Abbott

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Derek Abbott
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Person_Name: Derek Abbott
Birth_Date: 1960
Birth_Place: South Kensington, London, UK
Fields: complex systems, stochastics, photonics, biomedicine, microelectronics, energy policy
Workplaces: GEC Hirst Research Centre
Austek Microsystems
University of Adelaide
High_School: Holland Park School
Undergrad_University: Loughborough University
Undergrad_Degree: BSc (Hons), Physics (1982)
Project_Advisors: Mike A. Brown
Doctoral_University: University of Adelaide
Doctoral_Degree: PhD, Electrical & Electronic Engineering (1995)
Doctoral_Advisors: Kamran Eshraghian and Bruce R. Davis

Derek Abbott was born in South Kensington, London UK in 1960. In 1978, he began work at the GEC Hirst Research Centre, London, UK, and graduated from Loughborough University, UK, with a BSc (Hons) in Physics. At Hirst, he was a Research Engineer until 1986, working in CCD, SOS, CMOS, and vacuum microelectronic technologies. He also worked on solid-state image sensors in the optical and infrared regimes. He migrated to Australia in 1986, and worked at Austek Microsystems as an analog VLSI design engineer until 1987. In 1987-1990, he was a part-time Research Engineer at the University of Adelaide, and also consulted for a number of companies including Austek Microsystems and British Aerospace. In 1990, he took up a position as a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, where he completed his PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering in 1995 and graduated in 1997. He was promoted to Professor in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers and also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Bachelor's degree

Doctoral degree


  • 1978-1986 Research Engineer, GEC Hirst Research Centre, London, UK (obtained BSc while working)
  • 1986-1987 VLSI Designer, Austek Microsystems, Adelaide
  • 1987-1990 Research Engineer, University of Adelaide (part-time)
  • 1990-1996 Lecturer (Level A) University of Adelaide (obtained PhD while working)
  • 1996-2000 Lecturer (Level B), University of Adelaide
  • 2001-2005 Associate Professor (Level D), University of Adelaide (promoted by 2 levels)
  • 2006-Present Professor (Level E), University of Adelaide

Awards and honours

  • 1977 General Electric Company (GEC) Bursary, UK
  • 1999 Stephen Cole the Elder Prize, Australia
  • 2001 Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP), UK
  • 2002 PGSA Supervisor of the Year Award, Australia
  • 2003 SPIE Scholarship Award for Optical Science and Engineering, USA
  • 2004 Tall Poppy Award for Science, Australia
  • 2004 SA Great Award for Science & Technology, Australia
  • 2005 Fellow of the Institution of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), USA
  • 2005 Finalist for People’s Choice Eureka Prize for Science, Australia
  • 2012 Future Fellow (Level 3), Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • 2013 Award for Excellence for Higher Degree by Research Supervision, Australia
  • 2015 David Dewhurst Medal, Australia
  • 2018 Barry Inglis Medal, Australia
  • 2019 M. A. Sargent Medal, Australia

Scientific genealogy

Google Scholar profile


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