Photonics Consultancy


Brief Biography

Dr. Stuart A Kingsley is a Londoner, who was born in Stoke Newington in 1948, and grew up in South Tottenham.  In 1967, he started a thin sandwich electrical engineering course at City University and Thorn Electrical Industries, and obtained a B.Sc. Honours degree in 1972.  Later that year he started a postgraduate degree in the Electronics & Electrical Engineering Department, University College London, specializing in the then new field of fibre optics.  After his Ph.D. course, Stuart worked for six years as a Research Assistant in the same department before leaving in June 1981 for an “adventure” in the United States.  There, he went to work for Battelle Columbus Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, as a Principal Research Scientist.  In 1984, he and his Ph.D. supervisor, Professor, Sir D.E.N. Davies, were honoured at the Royal Society with the prestigious Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, given for their major contribution to fibre optics.  At that time this was only the second occasion that it had been awarded for that scientific field.  This research formed the basis for some of the very early work in fibre-optic sensing; a field in which Dr. Kingsley is still presently active.  Stuart subsequently became a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle, and in 1987 left the company to become a photonics consultant.

In 1990, Stuart helped start a small photonics company, SRICO, Inc., which he subsequently became its VP of Engineering and then its Chief Scientist.  This was also the time that Stuart started his “extracarricular” promotion of  The Optical Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence,  otherwise known as Optical SETI.  For family reasons, he left Columbus to return to the UK in January 2008, and settled in Bournemouth.  He now works part-time as a fibre-optic consultant, and continues his relationship with SRICO, Inc. as their Chief Scientist.  Dr. Kingsley has nearly 70 publications to his name and a dozen patents.

He maintains a number of web sites, including,, and  Dr. Kingsley is a UK/US citizen, a Member of the British Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET, formerly the IEE), Senior Member of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member of the Eta Kappu Nu Society,  a Chartered Engineer, and Member of The Planetary Society.

Detailed Biography

A detailed resume may be downloaded from here.

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Contact Information

19, The Litzo,
41 Boscombe Spa Road,
Boscombe Spa Village,
Dorset BH5 1AS,
Tel UK: +44(0)1202-302654
Tel UK: +44(0)208-090-4574
Cell UK: +44(0)7857-352209
Tel US: +1-614-258-7402
Cell US: +1-614-530-1488 (only when in the US)


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