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THA Lecture by Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS

Date & timeSaturday, 28 September 4:30pm - 5:30pm
LocationTrinity Hall
CostNo charge
Booking closing date Thursday, 12 September 12:00pm
Dress code No dress code
Event type Lecture

The THA is pleased to announce that they will be welcoming Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS, Imperial College London, who will be joining us in College to speak at the THA Lecture taking place prior to the annual THA Cambridge dinner and AGM.

Lecture synopsis 

In June the Prime Minister announced an investment of £150 million in Quantum Technologies, heralding an era of new imaging and sensing devices and computers which can solve problems today’s machines find impossible. This a wake-up call. We have become so used to the steady incremental advances of electronics in our digital age we have forgotten the ability of science to deliver something new and take us by surprise.

Professor Sir Peter Knight, one of the founders of the UK’s £1 billion National Quantum Technologies Programme, explains how our ability to manipulate matter at a sub-atomic level is allowing us to create new materials and device. This life-changing technology will have as much impact as the appearance of the transistor half a century ago.

Attendance is essential for those dulled by the monotonous tick of iPhone releases and seeking re-invigoration.

Biographical summary: Professor Sir Peter Knight FRS

Sir Peter is Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College and Senior Fellow in Residence at The Royal Society’s Chicheley Hall and a past President of the Institute of Physics. He retired in 2010 as Deputy Rector (Research) at Imperial. Sir Peter was knighted in 2005 for his work in optical physics and was the 2004 President of the Optical Society of America. He is Editor of Contemporary Physics, a member of the UK Quantum Technology Initiative Strategy Advisory Board, chairs the Quantum Metrology Institute at the National Physical Laboratory, was until 2010 chair of the UK Defence Scientific Advisory Council and remains a UK Government science advisor. His research centres on quantum optics and quantum technology. He has won the Thomas Young Medal and the Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics, the Ives Medal and the Walther Medal and Prize of the OSA and the Royal Medal of the Royal Society.

Booking and cost

There is no charge to attend the lecture however booking is required. Online booking is now open, please click here. Please note that booking closes at midday on Thursday 12 September.

Attendees are also invited to attend the THA Cambridge dinner and AGM taking place in College from 6.30pm. Please note that the THA Cambridge dinner is now fully booked. Please email if you would like your name adding to the guest list.

Find out more about the THA Cambridge dinner


  • 16:30-17:30 Lecture by Professor Sir Peter Knight, Imperial College London
  • 18:30-19:00 AGM
  • 19:00-19:30 Drinks reception in the Master’s Lodge
  • 19:30-22:30 Dinner in Hall
  • 22:30-01:00 After dinner drinks in the Aula Bar – one free drink will be offered to all guests courtesy of the THA


To cancel a booking, please email or contact +44 (0)1223 332550 as soon as possible so we can reallocate your ticket.


If you have any queries, please email or contact the Alumni and Development Office on +44 (0)1223 332550.