- Joshua Silver
ProfessorJoshua D Silver is a UK physicistwhose discoveries have included a new way to change the curvature of lenses, with significant application for the low-cost manufacture of corrective lens.
In 2007 he was leading a group of researchers in the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics at the
University of Oxford.
While studying mirrors, Silver discovered a new way to change the curvature of lenses. He applied this to create a new form of liquid-filled
corrective lens, that could be easily adjusted by the wearer to correct the vision of over 90% of people requiring correction. [cite news |title=Top design for the truly needy |author=Tracey Barnett |url=http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10491406 |publisher=" The New Zealand Herald" |date=2008-02-09] This is particularly useful for people in developing countrieswhere specially trained optomatrists are not available. [cite news |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D07E0DF163AF933A25751C1A9649C8B63 |title= Self-Adjusted Glasses Could Be Boon to Africa |author=Nicholas Thompson |publisher=" The New York Times" |date=2002-12-12] In 1996 he formed a company, Adaptive Eyecare, to develop these adaptive ophthalmic lenses in partnership with the UK Government's Department for International Development, for distribution in developing countries. [ [http://www.adaptive-eyecare.com/ Adaptive Eyecare website] ] So far 10,000 of Silver's lenses have been distributed in Ghana.
In 2007 his research focussed on using
spectroscopyto understand the physics of highly charged ions (produced using the university's electron beam ion trap(EBIT)). This research has application in understanding extreme plasma environments such as fusion tokamaks and stellar atmospheres.
* [http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/ebit/joshsilver1.asp Professor J D Silver]
* [http://www.techawards.org/laureates/stories/index.php?id=125 2005 Health Award Laureate Joshua Silver]
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