Danielle George

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Danielle George
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Danielle George in 2014
Danielle Amanda Kettle

1975/1976 (age 42–43)[1]
Alma mater
Spouse(s)Richard George[1]
Childrenone daughter
AwardsRoyal Institution Christmas Lectures (2014)[2]
Michael Faraday Prize (2018)
Scientific career
ThesisCharacterisation of low noise devices for radio astronomy applications (2006)
Doctoral advisorRobin Sloan[3]

Danielle Amanda George MBE (née Kettle; born 1975/6[1]) is a Professor of Radio frequency engineering in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at the University of Manchester in the UK.[4][5][6]


George was born to a car mechanic father and a mother who taught special needs and is the middle of three sisters.[7] She grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne[1] and was educated at Kenton School[8] and the University of Liverpool where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics.

After her Master of Science degree in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester,[9] she worked at Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO), as a radio frequency engineer. Alongside her engineering work, she completed a PhD degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) for research on low-noise amplifiers.[3]


George worked at JBO as a senior microwave engineer until 2006, when she was appointed a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She was promoted to Professor at the age of 38 in 2014.[1] She was the editor of the International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education (IJEEE) 2013[10] to 2014.[11]


George's research[12][13][14][15] and development investigates low noise receivers[16][17][18][19] and particularly:

George is the UK lead for amplifiers in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and the European Space Agency on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang.[1][21]

George's research been funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)[22] and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).[20]

Awards and honours[edit]

George gave the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on how to hack your home.[1][23][24][25] George is the sixth woman in 18 years[26] to present the Christmas lectures, following Susan Greenfield (1994), Nancy Rothwell (1998), Monica Grady (2003), Sue Hartley (2009) and Alison Woollard (2013). The lectures included a live conversation with Samantha Cristoforetti on the International Space Station[27] and turning the Shell Centre in London into a giant game of tetris.[28][29][30] Following the lecture, George developed a robot orchestra tour which resulted in her winning the 2016 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Award for public promotion of engineering.[31]

George was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to engineering through public engagement.[32] She is co-founder of The Manchester Recycled Robot Orchestra.

George was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2018.[33]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Danielle George, The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here". Royal Institution. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  2. ^ "2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES – Sparks will fly: How to hack your home". Royal Institution.
  3. ^ a b Kettle, Danielle Amanda (2006). Characterisation of low noise devices for radio astronomy applications (PhD thesis). University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
  4. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  5. ^ Danielle George at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ Danielle George's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Attwood, Karen (28 December 2014). "Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'". The Independent. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ Interview with Prof Danielle George
  9. ^ Kettle, Danielle Amanda (2006). Cosmic Microwave Background Interferometer Systems and the Very Small Array (MSc thesis). University of Manchester.
  10. ^ George, Danielle (2013). "Editorial: Looking ahead at electrical engineering education". International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education. 50 (3): 213–216. doi:10.7227/IJEEE.50.3.1.
  11. ^ "Sage buys engineering titles from Manchester University Press". Europa Science.
  12. ^ Davis, R. J.; Wilkinson, A.; Davies, R. D.; Winder, W. F.; Roddis, N.; Blackhurst, E. J.; Lawson, D.; Lowe, S. R.; Baines, C.; Butlin, M.; Galtress, A.; Shepherd, D.; Aja, B.; Artal, E.; Bersanelli, M.; Butler, R. C.; Castelli, C.; Cuttaia, F.; d'Arcangelo, O.; Gaier, T.; Hoyland, R.; Kettle, D.; Leonardi, R.; Mandolesi, N.; Mennella, A.; Meinhold, P.; Pospieszalski, M.; Stringhetti, L.; Tomasi, M.; et al. (2009). "Design, development and verification of the 30 and 44 GHz front-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument". Journal of Instrumentation. 4 (12): T12002. arXiv:1001.4743. Bibcode:2009JInst...4T2002D. doi:10.1088/1748-0221/4/12/T12002.
  13. ^ Kettle, D.; Roddis, N.; Sloan, R. (2005). "A Ka-band InP MMIC 180° phase switch". IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters. 15 (6): 425. doi:10.1109/LMWC.2005.850562.
  14. ^ Lowe, S. R.; Gawroński, M. P.; Wilkinson, P. N.; Kus, A. J.; Browne, I. W. A.; Pazderski, E.; Feiler, R.; Kettle, D. (2007). "30 GHz flux density measurements of the Caltech-Jodrell flat-spectrum sources with OCRA-p". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 474 (3): 1093. arXiv:0707.3368. Bibcode:2007A&A...474.1093L. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20078034.
  15. ^ Bersanelli, M.; Mandolesi, N.; Butler, R. C.; Mennella, A.; Villa, F.; Aja, B.; Artal, E.; Artina, E.; Baccigalupi, C.; Balasini, M.; Baldan, G.; Banday, A.; Bastia, P.; Battaglia, P.; Bernardino, T.; Blackhurst, E.; Boschini, L.; Burigana, C.; Cafagna, G.; Cappellini, B.; Cavaliere, F.; Colombo, F.; Crone, G.; Cuttaia, F.; d'Arcangelo, O.; Danese, L.; Davies, R. D.; Davis, R. J.; De Angelis, L.; et al. (2010). "Planck pre-launch status: Design and description of the Low Frequency Instrument". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 520: A4. arXiv:1001.3321. Bibcode:2010A&A...520A...4B. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/200912853.
  16. ^ "Professor Danielle George – personal details". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  17. ^ Mennella, A.; Bersanelli, M.; Butler, R. C.; Curto, A.; Cuttaia, F.; Davis, R. J.; Dick, J.; Frailis, M.; Galeotta, S.; Gregorio, A.; Kurki-Suonio, H.; Lawrence, C. R.; Leach, S.; Leahy, J. P.; Lowe, S.; Maino, D.; Mandolesi, N.; Maris, M.; Martínez-González, E.; Meinhold, P. R.; Morgante, G.; Pearson, D.; Perrotta, F.; Polenta, G.; Poutanen, T.; Sandri, M.; Seiffert, M. D.; Suur-Uski, A. -S.; Tavagnacco, D.; et al. (2011). "Planck early results. III. First assessment of the Low Frequency Instrument in-flight performance". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 536: A3. arXiv:1101.2038. Bibcode:2011A&A...536A...3M. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201116480.
  18. ^ Mennella, A.; Bersanelli, M.; Seiffert, M.; Kettle, D.; Roddis, N.; Wilkinson, A.; Meinhold, P. (2003). "Offset balancing in pseudo-correlation radiometers for CMB measurements". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 410 (3): 1089–1100. arXiv:astro-ph/0307558. Bibcode:2003A&A...410.1089M. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20031266.
  19. ^ Aja, B.; Artal, E.; de la Fuente, L.; Pascual, J. P.; Mediavilla, A.; Roddis, N.; Kettle, D.; Winder, W. F.; Cara, L. P.; De Paco, P. (2005). "Very low-noise differential radiometer at 30 GHz for the PLANCK LFI". IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. 53 (6): 2050. Bibcode:2005ITMTT..53.2050A. doi:10.1109/TMTT.2005.848815. hdl:2117/1047.
  20. ^ a b Wang, C.; George, D.; Green, P. R. (2014). Development of plough-able RFID sensor network systems for precision agriculture (PDF). 2014 IEEE Topical Conference on Wireless Sensors and Sensor Networks (WiSNet). p. 64. doi:10.1109/WiSNet.2014.6825502. ISBN 978-1-4799-2300-7.
  21. ^ "Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET): Dr Danielle George". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014.
  22. ^ "UK Government research grants awarded to Danielle George". Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014.
  23. ^ Christmas lectures will reveal how to 'hack your home': Danielle George will demonstrate how common household devices can be transformed in ways that could change the world, by Ian Sample, The Guardian, 2014-08-19
  24. ^ "About the Christmas lectures 2014". Royal Institution. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Five minutes with Professor Danielle George". Royal Institution. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014.
  26. ^ Professor from Newcastle becomes only sixth woman to present Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, Newcastle Chronicle, 2014-08-19
  27. ^ ISS Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Talks About Life in Space with Danielle George on YouTube
  28. ^ Royal Institution Xmas Lectures – The Making of Tetris on the Shell Building on Vimeo
  29. ^ Skyscraper Tetris – Behind the Scenes – 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on YouTube
  30. ^ "Giant Tetris on a building; RI Xmas Lectures". section9.co.uk. 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015.
  31. ^ "On its way to a town near you: the UK's first robot orchestra". Royal Academy of Engineering. Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  32. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B18.
  33. ^ "The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize". The Royal Society. Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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