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Guildford Roll of Honour Award
Cllr Nigel Manning, Mayor of Guildford, presented the Guildford Roll of Honour award to Professor Alf Adams, at a special ceremony at the Guildhall on Tuesday 12 September.
During his 50 years at the University of Surrey, Professor Adams, a distinguished professor of physics, invented the strained-layer quantum well laser which helped to pave the way for many everyday technologies including bar codes and DVDs. He inspired generations of students, some of whom have gone on to become leading physicists, such as Professors Stephen Sweeney and Jim Al-Khalili.
The Mayor congratulated Professor Adams and said "We are very proud to support the Guildford Roll of Honour, which recognises the contribution of innovation, growth and development to our borough by exceptional individuals. Those who receive the award are role models for the inventors, business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future."
A joint venture between the University of Surrey and Guildford Borough Council, the Roll of Honour Award was attended by Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, and James Whiteman, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council.
Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates a small number of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the economic wealth, social well-being or the artistic culture of Guildford and the surrounding region.
Pictured above, from left to right: Professor Max Lu Professor Alf Adams, Cllr Nigel Manning Mayor of Guildford, and James Whiteman.