18th June 2012, 9:42am
Distinguished imaging professor honoured in Queen’s birthday list
Professor Allinson receives his MBE Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering Nigel Allinson joined the illustrious list of people recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on Saturday (16 June).

Prof. Allinson, whose research in image engineering is contributing to major advances in police crime scene investigation and in medicine, received the MBE for services to engineering.

He said: “I am proud and thrilled to receive this honour, but it is of course very much in recognition of all of the team here at Lincoln and those I’ve worked with during my 30-year academic career."

The inventor of the world’s largest silicon imager leads a team of image engineers at the University of Lincoln and is also Visiting Chair of Materials at the University of Oxford.

The internationally-renowned academic has led a number of high profile forensic science projects within the criminal justice system and homeland security including using computer imaging to identify criminals by their shoeprints, and speeding up the transmission of fingerprint information from crime scenes to police bureaux, reducing the time to achieve an identification from days to minutes. This technology is currently in use with three-quarters of UK police forces.

Prof. Allinson has also made major breakthroughs in medical imaging, in particular improving the detection and treatment of diseases such as cancer through the real-time monitoring of tumours while patients receive radiotherapy, and leading teams to develop some of the world's largest imaging devices for radiology.

He has co-founded five companies based on his group’s research and was voted by the Times Higher Education as one of the top UK academic entrepreneurs.

Prof. Allison has published over 300 scientific papers and patents, has supervised more than 50 postgraduate students and has contributed extensively to UK Government and Research Council activities.

He has also helped bring science to the public, for instance taking part in the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World and Material World and has been a Royal Television Society Judge.
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