SLL Fresnel Lecture to celebrate 200 years of Fresnel’s Wave Theory

The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) are celebrating 200 years of Fresnel’s Wave Theory, with the SLL Fresnel Lecture by Peter Phillipson. The Fresnel Lecture, which is supported by Philips and IALD, will take place on 10 March 2015 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London, UK.


During the International Year of Light 2015, Augustine Fresnel's Wave Theory of Light will be two centuries old. Far from being a footnote to history, his work is as relevant today to anyone involved with light, lighting, the visual arts and science as it was revolutionary in its time.

Often wrongly typecast only by the lens that bears his name, Fresnel produced other prolific and profound lighting research that still affects our understanding of what light is and how we see the world, including the internet network, differing aspects of mobile phones, state-of-the-art medicine, the way light behaves with architecture and fine art.

Peter Phillipson MSLL, chair of the Society of Light and Lighting's London Events Committee, will reappraise the life and work of Augustin Fresnel, along with guest appearances, artefacts and experiments.

During the event, Philips will also be announcing the winner of the Strand Lighting Design competition.

The event is free but booking is essential.

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About Society of Light and Lighting (SLL)

The SLL represents the interests of all those interested in the application of light. It is open to everyone with an interest in lighting.

Although the SLL was launched in 1999, the Society builds on 100 years of history. Its origins go back to the formation, in 1909, of the Illuminating Engineering Society, which had the aim of considering all applications of natural and artificial light. The SLL is recognised worldwide as an authority on lighting and its applications.

The Society is part of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and offers the strength of a chartered professional institution with the freedom to serve the world of light and lighting without being restricted solely to engineering.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Juliet Rennie
SLL Coordinator

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015