Professor Jacques Yves Guigné, Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, has been awarded the prestigious Rayleigh Medal by the Institute of Acoustics (IoA).

The award was made by the IoA President Professor Bridget Shield at the First International Underwater Acoustics Conference & Exhibition held on the Island of Corfu last month.

The Rayleigh Medal is the Institute's premier award, given to “persons of undoubted renown” for achievements in acoustics.

Professor Guigné obtained his PhD at the University of Bath in 1986 and since then has made major contributions to his field.

His research covers areas as diverse as acoustic levitation - using intense sound waves to suspend matter in a medium - on the International Space Station, quantifying the health of the seabed in response to the collapse of North Sea cod stocks and using seismic signals to create high resolution imaging of geological structures.

As well as being Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, Professor Guigné is the President of Intelligent Sciences and Acoustic Zoom, and Chief Scientific Officer at PanGeo.