Ancient & Modern Optics

Dr. Brian Blandford

Dr. Brian Blandford

Dr. Blandford received an honours degree in Natural Philosophy from Edinburgh University, and then under the supervision of the late Professor H. H. Hopkins FRS, obtained a PhD from Reading University, in the field of optical design for coherent optical processing.

He started as an optical designer at Rank Precision Industries at Debden in 1971, and remained there until 1976. Since then he has been a director of Microbook Products Ltd, a consultant to Rank Taylor Hobson, Leicester, and a senior optical designer at J.H. Dallmeyer, Willesden, before returning to Debden in 1987.
Between 1992 and 2002 he worked for GEC Marconi, BAE Systems and Thales Optronics. He has lectured on optical design for the International Centre for Science in Trieste, in Ghana and Senegal, and for Light Tec in the UK, Israel, France and Germany.

He is actively involved in customer training in the use of OSLO lens design software. He has published 6 patents, given 16 conference papers, and acted as supervisor or external examiner to BSc, MSc and PhD students. His experience includes optical designs for microfilm readers, photographic printers, head up displays, night vision goggles, laser scanners, submarine periscopes and infrared scanners and objectives.

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