Harvey Prize awarded to radar researcher

4 January 2013
IET Communications team
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Professor Hugh Griffiths

Professor Hugh Griffiths, winner of the IET's 2012 Harvey Prize. 

Professor Hugh Griffiths receives £300k from the IET to continue bistatic radar work.

One of the world’s top minds in radar research has been awarded a prestigious £300,000 prize by the IET.

Professor Hugh Griffiths of University College London (UCL) was selected from an international field of high calibre candidates to receive the second ever A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize.

He was chosen due to his outstanding contributions to radar research and his continuing work to make major improvements in bistatic radar and its applications.

Professor Griffiths said: “I'm absolutely thrilled. It is an enormous honour to be recognised by one's peers in this way.

“Bistatic radar is where the transmitter and receiver are located separately, rather than using a single antenna. This introduces some complications, but also offers some significant advantages, for all sorts of radars.

“The aim of [my research] is to better understand the behaviour of targets and clutter in bistatic radar, by making experimental measurements and analysing the results. It should help us design better radars - for applications such as air traffic control, geophysical remote sensing and for defence and security.”

IET President Professor Andy Hopper said: “Our judging panel were presented with some very high calibre candidates, but Professor Griffiths’ work shone through. I really hope this prize will help him to continue his ground breaking work with radars.”

The A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize is named after Dr Arthur Frank Harvey, an IET member who bequeathed a generous sum of money to the Institution to be used for the furtherance of scientific research into the fields of medical, microwave, laser or radar engineering.


The 2013 A F Harvey Prize Lecture

Professor Hugh Griffiths will present at the 2013 A F Harvey Prize Lecture on 23 May at IET London: Savoy Place. The lecture is free to attend, with full details available via www.theiet.org/harvey.