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In memory of Professor Allan Boardman

Nov 29, 2018

Professor Allan Boardman
Professor Allan Boardman

We are sorry to announce the sad news that one of our most esteemed academics, Professor Allan Dawson Boardman BSc MSc PhD DSc FInstP FIMA FOSA FSPIE, passed away on Friday 23 November.

Over a period of many years at Salford, Allan made substantial contributions to the University, leading the Department of Physics and then the School of Sciences. In his research, Allan made sustained, world-leading contributions to theoretical and computational physics over a period of 56 years.  During that time, he published over 300 articles and several books in the general fields of surface plasmons and guided wave optics. 

Allan had particular specialities in the subjects of nonlinear waves, solitons, magneto-optics and metamaterials. In 2011, Physics World voted Allan’s Space-time History Editor paper to be the third most important scientific breakthrough of that year.

In 2012, he was also the subject of a special symposium within the Meta’12 conference in Paris. This special session featured leading academics from around the world, and was billed as being ‘dedicated to the remarkable contribution to science that has been made and is being made by Professor Allan Boardman’.'

Allan also made a wide variety of organisational contributions world-wide. These included organising conferences, directing NATO Advanced Study Institutes, founding Photonics Associations, chairing major UK and international events, and senior editor positions within academic journals.

His funeral is on Thursday 6 December at 11.20am at Burnley Crematorium, Accrington Road, Burnley BB11 5QD 

If anyone wishes to contact the family, please email Dr Graham S McDonald , who can forward your message.