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Seb studied Engineering at Churchill both as an undergraduate and postgraduate. His research is focused on optical fibre communication, with his interest in this field beginning in 1991 when he joined STL (subsequently Nortel), Harlow. Having been sponsored by Nortel through his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, he rejoined the Harlow Laboratories in 2000. In 2005, he moved to UCL where he held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship from 2005 to 2007, before being appointed as a Lecturer (2007), Reader in Optical Fibre Communication (2012) and Professor of Optical Fibre Communication (2015).
During 2014/15 he held a RAEng / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship and was a recipient of the RAEng Colin Campbell Mitchell Award in 2015. He serves on the Steering Committee for the Optical Fiber Communication conference having previously served as a General Chair and Program Chair and is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters.