Professor Tim Birks


“Being born with a pair of sophisticated optical instruments in our faces makes optics one of the most accessible of sciences.”

Tim Birks is a Professor of Physics at the University of Bath, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

He has a wealth of experience in the fabrication and post-processing of various types of optical fibres and in understanding their guidance mechanisms, and is a pioneer in the development of the photonic crystal fibre and key techniques in fibre tapering.

Tim will focus his work within Proteus on developing sophisticated multiplex multi-core fibre structures for clinical applications.

In June 2017, Tim was awarded the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics 2018, alongside colleagues Profs. Jonathan Knight and Philip Russell.