Division of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

Sir Peter Knight

Member appointed by Council (first appointed: August 2013, re-appointed on 1 Aug 2019 for a third term for three years until 31 July 2022).

Sir Peter Knight is Senior Fellow in Residence at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre at Chicheley Hall and immediate past-President of the Institute of Physics. Knight retired at the end of September 2010 as Deputy Rector (Research) at Imperial College where he was responsible for the College’s research strategy and a member of the Imperial College Management Board and Council. He retains his Professorship of Quantum Optics at Imperial. His research centres on theoretical quantum optics, strong field physics and especially on quantum information science. Peter Knight is a Past-President of the Optical Society of America. He is a Thomson-ISI “Highly Cited Author”. He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2005 for his work in optical physics. Photograph of Sir Peter Knight Knight was chair of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council at the UK Ministry of Defence until 2010 and a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Council until 2012. He continues to be involved in advising government on science issues. Knight was Chief Scientific Advisor at the UK National Physical Laboratory until the end of 2005.  He has won a number of prizes and awards including the Thomas Young Medal and Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Medal of the Royal Society and the Ives Medal of the OSA.


Member of the following Committees:-

Remunerations Committee (Chair)

Chairs' Committee (Ex-Officio) 

Student Experience Committee