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Professor Martin Booth

Professor of Electrical Engineering


Professor Martin Booth is a Fellow at St Hugh’s College and Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Prior to joining St Hugh’s, Martin was a Fellow of Jesus College and held a lectureship at Lincoln College. He is an alumnus of the Department of Engineering Science, having read for his MEng degree at Hertford College and then his doctorate (DPhil) at Jesus College. In 2001, Martin was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ Church and in 2003 was appointed a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellow. In 2007 he was awarded a five-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship and was concurrently elected to a Hugh Price Fellowship at Jesus College. He became a Professor of Engineering Science in 2014.

Professor Booth’s research group has current projects including adaptive optics for microscopy, biomedical microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, ophthalmic imaging, adaptive laser fabrication, dynamic parallel laser machining and diamond photonics. He works with engineers and scientists in many other disciplines, ranging from neuroscience to quantum physics, and psychology to manufacturing.

In 2023, he was appointed the new Chair of Optical and Photonic Engineering in the Department of Engineering Science – an appointment which is a key part of the strategic plan of the department and University to strengthen research and teaching in Optical and Photonics Engineering at Oxford.


  • Young Researcher Award in Optical Technologies” from the School of Advanced Optical Technologies at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2012
  • International Commission for Optics Prize, 2014

External Positions

  • Visiting Professor, School of Advanced Optical Technologies at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2012-2020
  • Fellow, Optical Society (OSA), 2017
  • Fellow, SPIE, 2021
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics, 2021

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