Iain Neil

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Iain Neil graduated in Applied Physics in 1977 and is currently an Optical Consultant based out of Switzerland. He was made Strathclyde Alumnus of the Year in 2003.

Iain Neil received a record eleven Scientific and Technical Academy Awards ("Oscars") for any living person. The lenses designed by Neil have been used on thousands of television-show episodes and movies in the last 30 years. His company ScotOptix contracts globally with optical technology companies; providing technical, business and intellectual property expertise with specialization in zoom lenses, multi-configuration optical systems and new technology implementation.

Previously, he was employed as Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technical Officer at Panavision Inc., Manager Systems Engineering at Ernst Leitz Canada Ltd. (now Raytheon) and Head of Optical Design at Barr & Stroud Ltd (now Thales). In addition, he has been involved in start-up and venture capital funded companies in various capacities including Managing Director.

He has over 100 worldwide optically related patents issued and applied for, has published and edited 30+ papers and books and has garnered 2 Emmy’s and the Fuji Gold Medal. Neil has been active in the optics industry for over 37 years and is currently a fellow member of SPIE and SMPTE, a member of OSA and ASC and a voting member of A.M.P.A.S.