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John Lincoln

For John Lincoln, there is only one game in town in terms of photonics research – delivering the transition to a net zero economy.

‘While energy efficiency will be a focus for the near future, photonics has the capacity to impact across the board, from enabling the circular economy through verification of materials through to increasing energy generation efficiency in renewables or reducing energy consumption in the data economy,’ he said.

However, he believes that charting a course through the chaos of UK politics ‘to generate win-win growth scenarios’ for industry and innovators will be challenging. 

‘We are currently standing up a new Future Photonics Leaders group, cognisant that the timescales for impact from quantum computing to net zero reach far into the future, those that will be leading the photonics innovation system of that future should be fully engaged in shaping it today,’ he said.

You can find Lincoln online at or He plans to attend Photonics West, TOP in London in February, Photonics 21 agm, Laser World of Photonics and ECOC.


Organisation:  Photonics Leadership Group and Harlin Ltd

Role: Chief Executive

Based in: Salisbury, UK

Education:  BSc, PhD, MBA

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