Originally from South Auckland in New Zealand, John Dudley received B.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Auckland in 1987 and 1992 respectively. In 1992 and 1993, he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of St Andrews in Scotland before taking a lecturing position in 1994 at the University of Auckland. In 2000, he was appointed Professor at the University of Franche-Comte in Besancon, France, where he heads the Optoelectronics and Photonics research group that currently consists of around 12 permanent staff & 20 contractual staff and/or graduate students. His research interests cover broad themes in nonlinear and ultrafast optics, and he is currently co-laureate of an European Research Council Advanced Grant with Professor Frederic Dias of UCD Dublin to study the physics of extreme waves in optics and hydrodynamics. 

He was named a member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2005 and elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2007. He was an IEEE LEOS Distinguished Lecturer for the period 2008-2010 and is Past Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society. In 2009, he was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Electronique Général Ferrié from the Société des Electriciens et Electroniciens (SEE). He is currently a Deputy Editor of the OSA journal Optics Express, and he participates in OSA and SPIE Travelling Lecturer programmes. He was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE in 2011.

In 2012 he was elected Vice President of the European Physical Society, and will serve as its President from April 2013.


Photonics; Nonlinear Physics; Ultrafast Optics; History of Science; Research Administration.