Congratulations to Ted Parker on his lifetime achievement award

Ted Parker, Professor Emeritus of Radio Communications in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) has been presented with The James Roderick James Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the development of antenna systems for radio communications.
The annual award recognises world-renowned researchers for their contributions to the field and highlighted Professor Parker’s work on the design and development of frequency selective surfaces. Frequency selective surfaces can be built into reflector antennas and fitted into buildings to make more efficient use of the radio spectrum, a finite natural resource. Some of this work has also been used in the design of equipment for meteorological and earth resource exploration satellites.
Professor Parker has been a member of EDA for the past 40 years. He was previously lecturer, reader and professor before becoming Emeritus in 2001. He had run the Antennas Group at the University since 1967.
Professor Sarah Spurgeon, Head of School, said: ‘The University of Kent has been renowned for its work in the area of antennas since the School was opened. Ted Parker has been a central figure in developing and maintaining this reputation and we are delighted to see this recognition of Ted’s many contributions from the wider antennas research community.’
Professor Parker’s research has been funded for more than four decades by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), one of the UK’s main funding agencies for scientific research. Similarly, Professor Parker has completed research projects for a number of manufacturing companies, mainly in the defence sector.
His current work is establishing the concept of the Electromagnetic Architecture of buildings, which seeks to describe how they influence communications signals, an important addition to the architecture that describes the mechanical structure and appearance of the built environment.
The award is presented annually at the Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference, the largest annual UK conference dedicated to this field. It is attended by over 250 national and international delegates from academia, research institutes, industry and government bodies.